Police warn about door-to-door roofing and repair scams in Cass County

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By: Jon Zimney jzimney@953mnc.com

Police are warning residents in Cass County and along the state line between Michigan and Indiana to be on the lookout for possible scammers offering roofing work.

A woman in Lagrange Township reported to police that she paid people from Pete Sherlock Painting out of North Augusta, S.C., more than $2000 to repair the roof of her barn, according to a news release from the Cass County Sheriff’s Department.

She said the group performed some minor work but then never returned to finish even though they took her check, according to the news release. The group has avoided her attempts to contact them.

There have been other complaints around the country about this group, according to the news release. Police believe the people may be part of a traveling group and could be staying in hotels around the Michigan-Indiana state line. 

Police warn that residents should be wary of door-to-door sales pitches, even though not all are scams. Consumers should have workers sign a written contract including the names, driver’s license information, addresses and phone numbers of the employees and should not make a payment until work is completed, according to the news release. 

Officers also suggest that consumers contact the Better Business Bureau or do an online search to find out more about a company before hiring them for work, according to the news release.