BPD warns seniors of roofing scam

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BPD is on the look out for at least two men posing as roofers who have scammed two Beaumont senior citizens. 

According to a Beaumont Police Department press release, detectives are still trying to piece together a case that began about 3:30 Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 18, in the 4000 block of Kipling Drive. A homeowner had hired the two men for "so-called necessary repairs," according to the press release, and drove the men to her bank, paying them $2,000 for the work. When they returned to the house, the men asked the woman to go back inside while they wrote her a receipt, but the men instead left in a white truck and did not return. 

The next day, Sept. 19, police were called to the 8400 block of Frazier Drive to find another elderly resident who'd been scammed for thousands. The aging homeowner told police a young man knocked on the door, saying he had done roofing work on the home in the past and saw it was in need of repair. Two other suspects joined the young man in inspecting the inside of the home for leaks, eventually convincing the elderly woman to drive the men to her bank where she wrote them a check for over $2,000.

According to the press release, the men left in a white truck soon after under the pretense of going to buy materials but never came back. 

Police are asking the public's help in finding the suspects related to this case. If you have information which may lead police to an arrest, call (409) 833-TIPS. It could earn you up to $1,000 in cash. 

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