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Suspect Arrested Connected to Asphalt Paving Scam

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A man accused of scamming residents across the Four States is caught in Jasper County. Police say the man and his crew have been going door to door pushing an asphalt scam and breaking into homes.

Asphalt companies across the Four States say that as long as they've been in business, there have been phony scammers out there trying to con people out of their money with fake asphalt schemes. But Carl Junction police say that at least one suspect, Willie Jack Harrison, is behind bars after doing exactly that.

Charlotte Farris was at an elderly neighbors home Monday afternoon when strangers in a blue pick up drove up to the home, and asked if the neighbor wanted her driveway repaved. Farris said no thank you and remembers thinking it seemed odd.

"It was kind of strange. They didn't have anything on their car or anything to say that they paved driveways, or anything like that, but they said they had done some around the area," Farris said.

Farris says she was thankful she was there to ward them off, but that another elderly neighbor wasn't so lucky. This neighbor told the workers no, but the men proceeded with the "sealing" anyway. 

"She refused to pay, refusing to allow them to do the work, but they were doing it anyway," said Carl Junction Police Chief Delmar Haase. 

According to Haase, scammers like this often bully their way into work, and in this particular case, the men bullied their way into the woman's home as well. 

"He had taken a debit card, which she recovered and then they left the scene," Haase said.

Thanks to a description of the vehicle and communications between Carl Junction and Jasper County, the police agencies were able to track down the suspect--Willie Jack Harrison-- and pull him into custody Tuesday morning on charges of Burglary. Haase says the victim was able to pick Harrison out of a photo line up, and that the man has run the schemes several times across the Four States.

"No legitimate business people go door to door looking to do any kind of construction work or repair work."
 
And according to the experts, the over sprayed driveway and obvious cracks show the work at the victim's home was anything, but legitimate. And as for Farris, she says she's happy one of the suspects was caught, but that it still leaves behind a funny feeling.

"It was a little unsettling, you know you kind of think you live in a safe place, and it wasn't very….I didn't like it." 

According to the Jasper County Sheriff, Harrison is now being held at the Jasper County Jail.

Experts tell KOAM and FOX 14 to avoid work like this to make sure and always get references and to at least get two bids before letting any stranger into your home. 

For a copy of the probable cause, click here and here. 

 

 

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