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Published:December 21st, 2005 16:31 EST
Police: Asphalt scam occurring in St. Lucie County, Fla. region

Police: Asphalt scam occurring in St. Lucie County, Fla. region

By Matthew Kent

The St. Lucie County Sheriff`s Department issued a warning Tuesday evening advising residents of an asphalt scam occurring in the area.

Deputies in the area have been alerted that several white male suspects are involved in a scam to defraud area residents by selling and laying excess asphalt.

The individuals have told potential victims that they have extra asphalt from other job sites and lure victims by telling them they will lay the asphalt, police say. In addition, police also say they start to work, but do not finish or do an inferior job without a permit.

The suspects have been observed driving several vehicles: A 2005 silver Dodge pickup truck, a silver 2006 Toyota pickup truck, a black 2005 Ford pickup truck and a maroon 1990s Ford pickup truck. 

Police say the vehicles all have license plates from the state of Michigan and say the subjects have attempted to conceal them. In addition, the vehicles are described to have no signage on them.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff`s Office has not received any reports as of press time, but Sheriff Ken Mascara says he is concerned and says that residents in the area should be on the lookout for the suspects and their vehicles. If you have any information on the suspects or scam, please call St. Lucie County Deputy Rick Stuhr at (772) 462-3631.