Elderly Hoosiers who say theyve been scammed by a contractor accused of home improvement fraud spoke to Call 6 investigator Rafael Sanchez on Saturday in hopes of raising awareness to get justice.
Detectives said theyve received several complaints from elderly women who claim John Perkinson, 31, conned his way into selling them roof repair services, without making any repairs.
According to police reports, Perkinson told the women he spotted raccoons on their roof and inside the vents, and that they typically chew on electrical wires, which could eventually cause a fire.
Perkinson then allegedly told the women he needed to do an inspection, but instead of an inspection, he reportedly damaged the vents and roof shingles. He then entered into a written or verbal contract with the homeowner to perform the repairs and collected money from the women, but never returned to the home to make the repairs, police said.
Florence Carroll said she wrote Perkinson a check for nearly $1,000 after he told her she had a raccoon chewing wires on her rooftop.
"(Im angry). I got a gun, but I wouldn't shoot him. I'd feel like shooting him, Carroll said.
Perkinson was last known to be operating his roofing and remodeling business in Greenwood, RTV6s Rafael Sanchez reported.
Brandi Hadinger said she used to live next to Perkinson and was outraged after hearing the accusations.
He lived right next door to us, she said. It's despicable in this day and age. People have a difficult time making ends meet as it is.
On the city's south side, Nettie Harris said she was scared to hear that raccoons could spark a house fire.
Harris said she wrote two checks to Perkinson totaling nearly $5,000. She said the checks were cashed, but Perkinson never showed up to work on the damage he detailed on the contract.
Indianapolis metro police said they have three warrants out for Perkinsons arrest.
Police asked anyone with information on Perkinsons whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.
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