An elderly couple were conned out of $1,000 after some workers offered to resurface their driveway, but cashed the couple’s check without doing the actual work.
Oak Lawn Police said a man named “Joe” approached the husband and offered to resurface their driveway in the 9900 block of South Cicero Avenue before Labor Day.
Supposedly, Joe had some asphalt left from a canceled job and said he would seal coat the driveway. The husband wrote a check for $1,000 that was cashed on the same day.
Joe told the husband he had to leave but he’d return later in the afternoon with a crew to start the job, reports said.
Two or three workers came over later in the day and began cleaning the driveway, police said. While they were working, Joe called to say that another employee had been hurt in an accident and the workers had to leave.
The couple were told that the work would resume on Sept. 2, but Joe and his crew never came back.
The husband attempted to call Joe on the phone number he had given him, but it was disconnected.
According to the report, Joe had written a receipt for $1,000 but had never given it to the husband. During his discussion with the couple, Joe set down his business card.
Police said that Joe drove off in a newer white Chevy or Ford truck, that had a pavement roller. The husband said that he could identity Joe if he saw him again.
The check was cashed at Charter One Bank. The couple filed a delayed theft report on Sept. 6.