At the last GNL meeting, Jacob Medley, our Community Resource Officer providing a warning about a Mr Ortiz, who had in the past operated a business in our area doing yard and house work, e.g. gutter clean-out and repairs. More recently however, Mr Ortiz was operating without a license, though he would state that he had done work for neighbors in the area. More importantly, he and his accomplice had been acting very aggressively with people who did answer their doors. There was also concern that these two may have been involved in stealing of metal, (esp. copper) gutters and drainpipes.
As you will see below, Jacob reports that Mr. Ortiz has been arrested in Larchmont. However, the risk remains that unlicensed persons may solicit work around your home. Be aware and be careful.
From Jacob Medley, 20 Jul 2015:
it has been brought to my attention that Mr Ortiz was arrested on outstanding warrants from Va Bch Saturday evening in Larchmont. Him and two other individuals were knocking on doors soliciting to do yard and house work using false names. They parked a teal colored Toyota Exho with VA tags VBP2050 in the 6100 block of Rolfe Ave and walked the neighborhood.
If anyone approaches your home trying to do work please verify they are legitimate by asking for a business license from the city, ID card or business card and company vehicles. If those items are refused or not seen please call the non emergency number with as good a description as you can give.