Police believe there are possibly more victims
(Snellville, Georgia) Gwinnett Police need the public’s help in locating a local roof scammer. Eric Lopez (early 20’s) from Buford operates Renaissance Construction. He has allegedly scammed at least two victims in Gwinnett County and police believe there may be more in Gwinnett and possibly the surrounding area. In December 2018 it was reported that Lopez scammed one victim in Snellville out of more than $7,000.00. The victim allegedly hired him to replace her roof after filing an insurance claim. He allegedly convinced her to sign over the insurance check to him so he could purchase the materials for the job. He allegedly never returned to complete the job as agreed. The victim reported that she contacted him and he made various excuses and ultimately he quit answering his phone and broke all contact with her.
During the investigation, it was learned that another victim in Lilburn was also allegedly scammed by Lopez. This victim reportedly was scammed out of over $10,000.00 in the same way the first victim was. Lopez allegedly inspected the victim’s roof and agreed to perform the replacement and again told the victim he needed the insurance check signed over so he could purchase all the needed supplies and materials. He reportedly never returned to perform the work and the victim was not able to reach him via telephone either.
The investigation shows that Lopez has contacted victims via referrals and by soliciting work door-to-door. The lead detective has taken felony warrants for the arrest of Lopez for Theft by Conversion. His exact whereabouts are unknown but it is believed he may still be operating in the metro-Atlanta area with similar scams.
If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Case Number: 18-112426, 18-064758