One arrested in connection with Oro Valley landscaping scam

Updated: Apr. 17, 2017 at 5:26 PM MST
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ORO VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Authorities have made an arrest in a landscaping scam Tucson News Now first told you about earlier this month.

The Oro Valley Police Department said Raul Fierro was arrested on three counts of theft Monday, April 17.

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As we reported on Thursday, April 6, the OVPD had been investigating reports of a scam from the Copper Creek neighborhood near Tangerine and La Canada, as well as several more in Pima County.

Lt. Curtiss Hick said the OVPD received reports of a man going door to door offering to do yard work for an upfront price.

Stephen Williams, one of the victims in the scam, said he paid the suspect $200 to clean up weeds but the man took the money and left before finishing the job.

"I feel violated, like I'm a victim," Williams said. "It's horrible."

Susann Miller with the Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona said home improvement scams were the number one scam in 2016. She said homeowners should get additional quotes on yard work and get it in writing.

"You want to make sure you have a contract to protect yourself because that is the key to also having recourse if you have to take it to court," Miller said.

The OVPD said if you see anything suspicious or are victim of this type of incident please, contact them at (520) 229-4900.

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