KENNEBUNK, Maine — Police have arrested two men they say stole from an elderly Kennebunk resident.
Sebastion Rose, 22, of Saco, has been charged with two counts of theft by deception, class C crimes, and Matthew Mills, 22, of Camp Ellis, has been charged with one count of theft by deception and violating conditions of release, a class E crime.
Police say on Tuesday, July 9, Rose and Mills approached an elderly victim wanting to complete various house projects and then pressured the victim into writing a $2,600 check that was then cashed a local bank. Family members of the victim reported the incident to police after they suspected door-to-door transient sellers took advantage of their relative.
The next day, Rose and Mills returned to the same victim and attempted to obtain another $3,500 check.
Minutes after the pair left, Kennebunk Police Officer Christopher Russell arrived at the victim’s residence to check in and immediately alerted fellow officers to look out for the suspects.
Rose and Mills were arrested at a nearby convenience store minutes later.
Police say these types of incidents are far too common, as individuals will target elderly residents wanting to complete various types of home repair or yard work. These individuals sometimes are very pushy in an attempt to intimidate the elderly into completing the work, many times charging the resident much more than the job would normally cost.
Residents are urged to be cautious, skeptical and talk to family and friends before having work completed or paying for work when solicited by door-to-door transient sellers.
Although there are legitimate businesses that operate by going door-to-door, there are many scam artists looking to take advantage of people, especially the elderly. In many instances, once the victim has been targeted, the suspects or accomplices target the same victim over and over again.
If you suspect you were the target of a scam, contact your local police department. There are laws that protect consumers and police want to hear from residents if they suspect a possible scam.
The Kennebunk Police Department can be reached at 207-985-6121.