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Police looking into yardwork scams in South Hills

By From staff reports

The Charleston Police Department is looking into possible yardwork scams in an around the South Hills area, specifically the neighborhoods around Holz Elementary and Loudon Heights Road.

Suspects are approaching potential victims and ask about performing yard work or small jobs around homes for an agreed upon price. After the work is done or in some cases even prepaid, the suspects are using pressure or intimidation to get victims to pay more money than was agreed upon. In some instances the suspects have even been allowed inside homes. Victims quickly discover that items are missing (i.e. checks and other small valuables) once the suspects have left their home.

The Charleston Police are encouraging residents to be cautious with anyone soliciting any type of work or selling items such as magazines in their neighborhoods. Residents should never allow anyone into their homes. Residents are strongly encouraged to ask for credentials or references before allowing anyone to work in or around a home. Anyone with information may contact the police department by visiting our website at www.charlestonwvpolice.org or by contacting the Community Services Division at 304-348-6470.


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