Lexington Police Investigating Home Improvement Schemes
Two residents reported paying for work never completed.
Lexington police are investigating alleged contract and business schemes in town after two residents say they paid for work at their homes that was never started, let alone completed.
Two homeowners, from Earl and Merriam streets, said they paid for the removal of oil tanks from their properties, and neither received the services, said Lexington Police Capt. Joseph O’Leary. O'Leary told Patch that a state assistant district attorney asked Lexington to conduct an investigation into the alleged contract and business schemes.
There are steps savvy homeowners can take to avoid falling prey to schemes, O'Leary said.
First, “Do not respond to solicitors [you] don’t know,” O'Leary said.
Work with people within the community with established roots and good references, he said, and ask neighbors and friends who they used for similar projects.
O’Leary’s third suggestion is to contact the Better Business Bureau for background information and to find out a company's standing within the community.
The first two items in this week's police log are Larceny by False Pretention reports from the Earl and Merriam streets' residents.