BOULDER - In the last three days investigators with the Boulder County Sheriff's Office have arrested two individuals on charges of theft from an at-risk adult. They have reason to believe there are more suspects still at large. They also strongly believe there are more victims and they are hoping to hear from them.
The suspects operated a business under the name of "Asphalt Paving" using trucks registered in Montana. Investigators are working on three known cases in Boulder County.
"For whatever reason it seems like they've been preying on elderly people. They have made a deal or a pitch saying that they've got some leftover asphalt from another job nearby, and they'll go and offer this asphalt at what they say is a reduced price," Sergeant Jason Oehlkers, with the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, said.
Investigators say once the asphalt company begins work, the story changes.
"At the end of the day, the asphalt contractors say, 'Hey, you know it has taken a little bit longer than we thought, and we're going to need a little bit more money,'" Oehlkers said. "Three or four days later, these people end up paying $60,000 for a job that our detectives have found would really be less than $10,000."
On Wednesday in Weld County, investigators arrested 55-year-old Michael Sullivan for theft of between $1,000 to $20,000, a class-five felony, and theft from an at-risk adult. On Thursday in Montrose, investigators arrested 53-year-old Rodney Wayne Jackson for theft of between $20,000 and $99,999, a class-three felony, and theft from an at-risk adult. Bond has been set for Jackson at $20,000.
Based on information gathered by investigators, it is believed the paving company has operated in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and Texas. They have reason to believe there are additional victims out there and are hoping they will come forward.
"We know that there are more that are out there, and we really want these people to come forward so that they stop doing this," Oehlkers said.
Investigators also have information that leads them to believe the company is still operating in Colorado.
"I know it is still going on out there. As recently as yesterday, it was going on," Oehlkers said.
Investigators are hoping victims will come forward and provide information regarding this case. They are also asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact them. To do so, contact Detective Brian Jones at 303-441-1681 or Detective Paul Dunphy at 303-441-3673.
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