Lightning Rod Scam Alert

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

Press Release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office:

A rural Davey couple reported a man driving a dark blue newer Dodge Pickup with Iowa license plates pulled into their residence on Tuesday, July 19 convincing them he had installed the lightning rods on their buildings about 3 years ago and wanted to check them to make sure they were still functional. After the man climbed onto the roof, he indicated the rods had been struck by lightning and show areas of damage that needed replacing.

The 29 year old man, accompanied by a teenage boy spent several hours on the roof and presented a bill for over $1600. The bill seems extraordinarily high for the amount of material and time spent. An internet search of the man and his company revealed several pages about the scams this man had committed throughout Indiana and Iowa.

A warrant for First Degree Theft has been issued in Iowa. Addison tends target elderly homeowners.

The man identified himself as Elvis Addison age 29 of Silver Lake, Indiana. He also goes by the name of Michael Sheldon. The company is Lightning Protection. Addison has not been located. The investigation is continuing.

Citizens are cautioned about someone simply showing up at their house to do any kind of repairs, they should always get a written estimate and references. Don’t have the work done immediately, instead, check out the company and the references. This is the season for fraudulent repairs such as lightning rods, moldy insulation, asphalt overlays, and with the recent storms, roofing repairs and homeowners should be cautious. Anyone who has contact with Addison or other out of state contractors who show up at their residence are urged to contact the Lancaster County Sheriffs’ Office at 402 441-6500. The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is committed to seek and find ways to affirmatively promote and preserve a feeling of security and safety in members of the community.