More Roofing Scam Victims Come Forward in The Tri-Cities
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Two men were sitting in Benton County Jail Wednesday night after police arrested them for allegedly scamming elderly people.
Police said more victims have come forward since the story hit the air on Monday.
Gary Sims and his mother Pearl have lived in their Kennewick house for 50 years.
They said a week ago a white truck pulled up in front of the house on South Beech Street and three men dressed in work clothes offered to do work on the roof.
The Sims said that 45-year-old Marc Martinelli did most of the talking and acted like he knew them from years ago.
The Sims said that the men did work on their house for seven hours and charged them $2,200.
The Sims are one of six local victims that police said were victimized.
Detectives from Pasco and Kennewick think there are more victims.
Police say the suspects went after elderly people, told them they would do work on their roof, took their money and in some cases actually did damage to the victims roof. The allegedly used silver spray paint and told the victims that it was some kind of protective sealant.
Police said there are probably more victims. They warn people to ask for a business license if they are hiring people to do work and tell people to call police if they think they have been victimized.