Elderly Lexington Man Scammed During Storm

LEXINGTON (CBS) – As the snow piles up, so do the scams. Police are now looking for a pair of con artists who took advantage of an elderly Lexington man.

Police said the two men offered to rake the roof of the elderly man’s home on Grove Street for $75, but took off once they received the money.

Neighbor Joe Stivaletta just bought a brand new snow rake because he knows all the snow could do some real damage to the roof.

WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill reports.

“It will be too much weight and it’ll fall in and be inconveant,” said Stivaletta. “It’s a lot of work. It’d be nice to have somebody else do it.”

Police advised that offering money to any stranger for help may not be a good idea. Stivaletta’s neighor found out the hard way.

“That’s horrible! How could people do that, especially to elderly people?” said Min Chang, a neighbor.

Chang, who lives on the same street as the victim, said winter should be about helping each other.

“My neighbor is an old lady, and we even shovel her mailbox pathway for her,” said Chang.

  • Ryan

    At least it was only $75! Instant karma is gonna get you..

  • mark

    Never pay first. Better yet if they come knocking at your door for a service you did not ask for say no.
    I can’t believe people would do that.

  • Anna

    What has this world become, instead of helping people their stealing from them

  • spellingbee

    what is inconveant? did you mean inconvenient?

  • StanleyRamon

    Removing snow from roofs in totally unnecessary. Most roofs are designed to take the weight.

  • carole

    where is the news tonight kate i watch it every night

  • Cynic

    Sometimes the Media doesn’t consider the damage done when when they undertake to create hysteria on one subject……The problems with snow have been on massive Flat roofs. Homes are pretty much designed to take it. Why does the Media take this woe is me the sky is falling path. Isn’t just reporting the Facts EXCITING enough?

  • Brett

    Its about Ice daming guys, the long icycles you see on people’s roofs, it backs up into your house and runs down your walls…

    • StanleyRamon

      Ice dams are a completely different problem and does not require the entire roof to be shoveled off. The media over dramatization has been about roof collapses. The roofs that collapse are typically not properly designed.

  • Kira LaFosse-Baker

    @Brett Exactly.The school I work at has water coming in through the lights in the ceiling, paint bubbling off of the wall and tons of damaged books because of the ice on our roof melting in over the weekend. Never mind all the mold that can form if your roof if soaked for too long. It’s a mess.

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