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Trio Faces Charges in Reported Chimney Cleaning Scam

Greenwich Police say a trio of men preyed on an elderly man who paid hundreds of dollars to have his chimney cleaned.

From left, John Andrews, Johnathan Soroush and Lewis Tacktill. Greenwich Police photos.
From left, John Andrews, Johnathan Soroush and Lewis Tacktill. Greenwich Police photos.

A trio of men soliciting work to clean chimneys did nothing more than clean out an elderly Greenwich man's wallet in an apparent chimney cleaning scam.

According to a Greenwich Police report, the trio was arrested Monday morning after the victim called police to report a "possible fraud type scam" in which the men entered the home and "agreed to perform chimney-related cleaning and repairs." The resident of Richland Road in the Byram neighborhood of town, paid the men $450 "for work or services that were not completed," according to the report.

The men, all from Ronkonkoma, NY, were found a short time later on Milbank Avenue in central Greenwich, and identified by the victim, who was described by police as an elderly man.

The suspects were identified as:
  • John P. Andrews, 57, of 10 Fifth St.
  • Johnathan M. Soroush, 24, of 17 Fifth St.
  • Lewis A. Tacktill, 33, of 10 Fifth St. 
All of the men faces charges of illegal use of a fictitious trade name, violation of the Home Solicitation Sale Act, second-degree larceny and conspiracy. Bond for each was set at $1,000 and they are scheduled to appear April 14 in state Superior Court in Stamford.


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