LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) - 22News is working for you with a warning for western Massachusetts homeowners of two people working with materials that are hazardous.
Longmeadow Police say an elderly man on Bliss Road was deceived Wednesday by two people who offered to seal his driveway with material left over from another job.
The man paid $1,200 for the service. Longmeadow Police and the hazardous materials team called in the Department of Environmental Protection after determining the driveway was covered with a coating of waste oil.
People in the community told 22News this is the worst kind of criminal. "Because they wanted to be independent and wanted to take care of something on their own," said Kathy Caulton of East Longmeadow. "Then to have it, not only did they take the money but they didn't even come close to doing the job and left them with a toxic problem. That's a special kind of criminal."
Police are searching for a green colored Chevrolet with a container in the bed.
There are steps you can take to make sure you don't get taken. Longmeadow police recommend that before having any work done on your house:
- Check references
- Have a contract which includes a description of the materials used and have a price determined before the job is started.
- Also, all door to door solicitors, or canvassers, are required to register with the police department and must carry the registration card on them at all time.