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Police Arrest 2 Men For Running Fraudulent Driveway Business

Men were going door-to-door asking to seal coat driveways with substandard product and without proper licenses or permits.

Police arrested two fraudsters Tuesday near Shady Lane and Good Hope Road.

The two men were observed roughly 20 minutes before the arrest “seal coating” a person’s home on the N7000 block of Joanne Drive. The vehicle and workers had no official signs or business markings. Typically, this is a type of front business in which criminals complete an inferior job, or they attempt a theft or burglary at the residence.

One of the “employees” had three outstanding warrants with the Butler Police Department. The “owner” of the business admitted to going door-to-door and providing substandard asphalt sealing services without the proper permits.

“Citizens should be aware of persons going door-to-door offering such services and should ask for warranty information, company address, phone number, and references,” stated Falls Police Lt. Jeff Knop in a release.

If residents believe they were targeted by a fraudulent business they should contact the police department at 532-8700.

Also in the reports:

  • Police contacted a drunken 21-year-old woman at 2:26 a.m. Wednesday on Main Street and Mill Street. An officer believed she might have been involved in an argument that occurred earlier in . Upon further inquiry, officers discovered she was out on bond for a felony narcotics charge from Dodge County. Absolute sobriety was a condition of her bail, but she had a BAC of 0.17. She was arrested for misdemeanor bail jumping.
  • At roughly 7 p.m. Monday, a person stole $48.22 worth of gas from Paul’s Mobil Mart on Silver Spring Drive. The vehicle was listed as stolen with the Milwaukee Police Department, and the owner of the vehicle was contacted.
  • On Aug. 2 and Sept. 12, vandals broke two windows at Bilco Auto Body by propelling 3/8-inch ball bearings at them. It will cost the business owner roughly $1,000 to replace the windows.
Greg September 13, 2012 at 06:42 PM
What permits are required for seal coating?
Carl Engelking September 13, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I'm not sure what the specific permits are, but you definitely need permits to operate a business.
james September 13, 2012 at 07:55 PM
seal coat permit # 2463- 2118
james September 13, 2012 at 07:56 PM
for colored seal coat permit 2563 -2119
james September 13, 2012 at 07:57 PM
dont forget you will also need parking permit# 213-968
Greg September 13, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I have heard of a Contractor License and needing an electrical or building permit, but what permit do I need to operate a business? Do I need said permit to sell cookies or mow lawns, or is seal coating a regulated trade? I have coated my driveway without a permit and I have done business in the Falls without a permit.
Craig September 13, 2012 at 09:30 PM
The Village requires a permit when soliciting business door to door (girl scouts are exempt). If anyone shows up at your door to sell you something ie: meat, you can ask if they have a permit. US Beef is great at this trick, stopping at random houses to give you a "great deal" on "high quality" meat noramlly only sold to businesses. The asphalt seal coating scam has been an issue for years, I can't believe anyone falls for it. If people would only open the phone book and hire almost any one of those listed, they would not be ripped off.
Steve ® September 13, 2012 at 09:42 PM
The state requires you to have a business license and BTR #. This is mainly so you can show a legal operation and so that you report sales tax revenue charged to your customer to the State by January 31st of each year. You can seal your own driveway without a permit or license. You can not sell goods without one.
Steve ® September 13, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I hate those US Beef A holes
Craig September 13, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Steve: I have had them come to my home a dozen times.... Last time I saw them drive up in front and called the PD before they came to the door. I stalled them until the cop showed up by acting interested and having him lay the meat all over my porch. :-P
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) September 13, 2012 at 10:46 PM
HAHA All these comments are great.
Greg September 14, 2012 at 03:21 AM
I know about the state sellers permit, but I did not know about the local door to door permit. I have absolutely no interest in unsolicited sales of any type. I have never been sitting around thinking, I need new windows or the drive sealed, when the phone or door bell rings.
Greg September 14, 2012 at 03:22 AM
You can't beat their meat.
W . Benz September 14, 2012 at 02:23 PM
You need a peddlers permit for unsolicited door to door sales purchase @ V-Hall Non-profit charities excluded. This has been a scam for 20 yrs they use old Blackened auto oil to coat the driveways.
Carl Engelking September 17, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I don't know Johnny - that's how it was stated in the police report.
Johnny Paycheck September 17, 2012 at 09:42 PM
"They also admitted that they were Romanian Gypsies" They're not Romanian; whichever officer wrote that in their report did so out of ignorance. They are part of an ethnic group known as the Romani -- who throughout history have commonly been referred to as Gypsies. It is hardly appropriate-- albeit mildly entertaining to have that as the focal point of the article.
Carl Engelking September 17, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Thank you Johnny - I will clear that up in the article.

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