A suspect has been arrested and charged with home improvement fraud.
Officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the 900 block of Melissa Court, in the community of Highpointe at St. Georges. A 57-year-old woman stated that she had paid a contractor money and that renovations on her residence were not completed.
The victim provided the officers with a copy of a signed contract with 44-year-old, Gary Slagle of TriPoint Restorations, city not released, from 2021.
The contract totaled more than $50,000 with the project starting in August 2021 and ending by October 2021.
The woman also provided the officers with copies of the three checks that she had provided to Slagle for payment totaling over $40,000.
The last correspondence was in May when the victim asked for an updated schedule-and no response was given.
Slagle came to police headquarters on June 23rd and was charged with one count of felony Home Improvement Fraud $1,500 or Greater.
He was arranged by the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on his own recognizance.
Based on this investigation, officers determined that Slagle has done business in Maryland and Pennsylvania as well as Delaware.
County Police are asking anyone with any information pertaining to this investigation to contact S/Cpl. L. Lucas via email at email@example.com or by calling the New Castle County Division of Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800. Citizens can text a tip anonymously simply by texting the number 847411 keyword: NCCDE. You can also submit a tip via website at http://www.nccpd.com. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit the County Police Facebook page.