MERRIAM, Kan. -- A Merriam couple says they were scammed out of thousands of dollars and they’re not alone.
Several couples have come forward claiming one metro man targeted them. They all say they hired him to repair their driveways, but after giving the money up front, he never showed up for the repairs. Now they’re teaming up with investigators hoping to track him down and put him behind bars.
It is FOX 4's policy not to release a potential criminal's name until they are formally charged. While police search for this possible suspect, we spoke to some victims who have some warning signs they want you to watch out for.
It’s an unsettling feeling that Helen Allensworth and her husband Steven cannot shake. It’s been weeks since they paid for a driveway repair, and nothing has been fixed as it was supposed to be.
The man that FOX 4 is not identifying because he hasn’t been arrested, came to the Allensworth home, gave them an estimate and asked for the money up front promising to be back two days later to begin repairs.
“If you didn't trust him, you couldn't trust anybody. That's how he made you feel,” Steven said.
The couple wrote him a check for $3,000.
“He left here and immediately went to cash the check,” Helen said.
But the man never showed up to fix their driveway. After getting the run around, the couple turned to social media. They posted the man’s picture and say several other people contact them with similar stories claiming he scammed them too.
“We're not the first ones and we won't be the last,” said Helen.
Feeling bamboozled, Helen got online searching for that photo the suspect sent her of his alleged work. Sure enough, she found it on a San Antonio concrete company’s website.
“They have never heard of him, he had never worked for them,” she said.
The couple isn’t sure the unsettling feeling will ever go away, but they say they find comfort in the fact they might be able to save someone else from going through the same thing.
“It's just unbelievable. I want to see him behind bars. That's the only way he's not gonna do this to somebody else,” Steven said.
If you know anything about this, call the Merriam Police Department at (913) 322-5560.