ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - Howard County Police have arrested a third suspect in connection with a door-to-door solicitation scam that occurred in July.
William Christopher Greene, 26, of Madison, Va., has been charged with extortion, conspiracy to commit a theft scheme and conspiracy to obtain property from a vulnerable adult.
In July, police arrested two other suspects, Tabitha Nicole Sisk, 21, and Troy James Jenkins, 21, both of Virginia.
Sisk is charged with extortion. Jenkins is charged with fourth-degree burglary, extortion, theft scheme and obtaining property from a vulnerable adult.
Sisk and Greene have been released on bond; Jenkins remains at the Howard County Detention Center with bail set at $25,000.
Through investigation, police learned that Sisk, Jenkins and Greene were extorting money from a victim. The suspects approached the victim’s home and offered yard and home improvement services for an excessive fee.
The victim paid up front, but the services were never completed. The suspects returned to the victim’s home on several occasions in an effort to collect additional compensation.
The police department is aware there are other similar scams taking place in the county. Police are urging residents to take precautions to avoid falling victim to any scam.
Citizens should be suspicious of unsolicited offers that require payment upfront. Scammers will set a price and require immediate payment, but often will not follow through on the services promised, such as driveway sealing or other home services. Residents should also be wary of anyone who begins performing yard or home improvement services without their consent and then demands payment.
The police department reminds residents to never allow anyone they don’t know inside their home. If you notice a suspicious person or vehicle in your neighborhood or if you believe you may have been the victim of a scam, call police at 410-313-2200. If a crime is in progress, call 911.
For more information about recent scams and how to protect yourself and and your loved ones from becoming victims, residents should contact the Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs at 410-313-6420 or consumer.howardcountymd.gov.