One arrested, one wanted for not finishing the job

(source: LMDC)
(source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police say two men are getting paid for lawn care services, but are skipping out on the jobs. One man's under arrest and police are looking for the other.

"I got back home from bible study that night and he had cut the tree down and I thought great, but that's where it ended," said Carey McDaniel who lives in Jeffersontown.

McDaniel says he paid up front to have the whole tree removed.

"It was a $750 mistake," said McDaniel.

McDaniel says they were also supposed to work on the lawn and mulch the flower beds, but learned his lesson.

"I would never pay until everything was done, that was my mistake and I should know better," said McDaniel. "Gosh I mean I could kick myself for it."

He's not the only one along Penny Royal Way who hired the duo that went by the name Terry's Trees and More, according to an index card McDaniel has. One neighbor says she saw them down the street one year after they didn't finish cutting down one of her trees damaged in an ice storm.

"That's when I approached them and said you guys came to my house and you never finished the job, and he came up to me and said, we're sorry we're sorry my mom died," said neighbor Ann Hubbs.

One year later he told McDaniel his mother was on life support.

"He was a smooth smooth character," said McDaniel.

Police arrested Terry Curtsinger. The 27-year-old is facing three felony theft charges and has a history dating back to 2001 in counties like Bullitt, Nelson, and Spencer.

Police are looking for a man who could be his partner, 29-year-old Roger Lewis. He also has a criminal history statewide of charges that  include arson and theft.

"Looking at their past and what they do I can only assume that yeah this is to support a drug habit," said LMPD Det. Rodney Underwood.

Police have a word of advice for folks in the future to not pay in full up front.

"If someone shows up to your doorstep and says hey we're going to do this work for you, but need $600, $700, or $800 up front, you know you gotta be leery," said Underwood.

McNeil says even though he's embarrassed, it is important for him to speak about this.

"I don't want it to have to happen to somebody else," said McNeil.

Police ask anyone with information about Lewis's whereabouts or if they believe they have been victims of these men to call the LMPD tip line: (502) 574-LMPD.

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