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Police arrest three in crime spree targeting elderly

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

They promised to make repairs around the house, but instead, police say some thieves broke the trust of their victims and took their money too.

Three people are in jail for an elaborate theft operation that spanned many Lexington neighborhoods. This case involves a dozen victims, most of them elderly.

"We began getting reports in March of 2010," said Sherelle Roberts, Public Information Officer for the Lexington Division of Police.

After connecting the dots, Roberts says, officers arrested Rocky Lee Slone, 34, Glenn Wiley Stamper, 28 and Tara Marie Stewart, 36, for engaging in organized crime.

"When people think organized crime, they think mobsters, or gangsters, or gang activity," Roberts said. "Not in this case, but what they were doing was pretty serious."

Police say they were deceiving their victims out of thousands of dollars, from at least a dozen people, most of them elderly.

"I just have to kiss my money goodbye," said Patsy Wells.

Wells, according to police, was their first victim back in March 2010. She claims they scammed her out of $1,000 to fix a crooked stack on her roof.

"At first he (Slone) wanted to charge me $1,500. I thought he was kidding me," Wells said. "Then he said, well because you are a senior citizen, I'll give you a break, $1,000."

Knowing something wasn't adding up, she grew even more concerned.

"I began to think what in the world am I going to do? This man's in my house, and I'm afraid of him," she said.

His tone turned threatening according to Wells, so the 82-year-old wrote him a check for $1,000. As soon as he left, she called police, then her bank.

"The bank said, they had already cashed it," she said.

Another victim, Charles Howell, says the men offered to repair his front patio.

"We just struck up a deal, I thought everything was fine," Howell said.

But everything wasn't fine. The next day Howell, who agreed pay the men $300, noticed he was missing a second check.

"I called my bank and they said someone cashed a $400 check the day before," he said.

In addition to the $300 check he had given them.

"They had to have forged my name," Howell stated. "They knew what they were doing. it's despicable how they took advantage of us senior citizens. They need to pay the price."

Police say all three suspects are charged with engaging in organized crime. Five others are also facing charges in connection to the case.

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