The San Jose Police Department, Financial Crimes Unit, is investigating a roof repair scam targeting elderly residents of San Jose mobile home communities. The suspects contact the victims and tell them that they will seal the roof of their mobile home for $250.00 dollars. While at the victim’s residence, the suspects may steal checks, jewelry, and other items from within home. After the suspects have finished spraying paint on the roof, they will ask the victim for an inflated amount of money, sometimes as high as $1,850.00.
San Jose police have identified two San Jose victims in this scam: a 90-year-old man and a 73-year-old woman. Both victims were targeted by the suspects in mid July of this year.
Last week detectives arrested Harriet M. Gregg, 60; John H. Gregg, 63; and John M. Gregg, 21; all of Pomona, California, on suspicion of committing this scam against these victims. The Gregg’s, a transient crime group that travels around the country committing this scam, had been staying in San Jose motels at the time of their arrest. All three suspects were booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion on elderly fraud and other related felony charges.
It is believed the Greggs arrived to San Jose in June, or possibly earlier, and investigators suspect additional elderly victims exist who have not come forward. San Jose police are looking for additional victims of this scam. If you were a victim or have information about these crimes, please contact Detective Mark Huiskens #3775 of the San Jose Police Department’s financial crimes unit at (408) 277-4521. You may also file a crime report by contacting the San Jose Police Department’s 24-hour dispatch center at (408) 277-8900.
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