Sheriff: Handymen sought for scam

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Charles Barnes


The Perquimans Weekly

Thursday, May 17, 2018

HERTFORD — The Perquimans County sheriff is warning county residents, particularly the elderly, to be wary of two would-be handymen whose workmanship apparently doesn’t live up to the hype of their promises. 

Neither man has been charged with a crime, but Sheriff Shelby White called Charles Barnes and Randall Joyner “persons of interest” in what the sheriff described as a scam.

“The situation is they go to a house and tell people this or that is what they need doing — like cleaning gutters — and then they try and do bigger jobs,” White said. “The quality of their work is not anywhere near the quality of work for what they get paid.”

The State Bureau of Investigation has also been alerted about the two men, both of whom are from the Rocky Mount area, White said.

“One if not both of them went to prison for five years for this type of thing, and just got out,” he said.

White said the two men typically target homes where there may be an outdoor wheelchair ramp. They will then target other homes in the same neighborhood, he said.

Perquimans residents approached by the men are asked to call the sheriff's office at 426-5615.