Man accused of fraud after scamming residents out thousands of dollars in roofing scheme, Mesquite police say

Joshua Bell, 36, is charged with cheating thousands of dollars on Texas residents.

Arlington and Mesquite Police are seeking help from the public in finding a suspect accused of cheating on residents with thousands of dollars in a rooftop scam.

Mesquite police said Feb. 4 that the suspect, identified as 36-year-old Joshua Bell, contacted an elderly Vietnam War veteran at her home and persuaded her to do roof repairs. She paid Bell approximately $ 17,000 “under the guise that her insurance would later reimburse her,” police said.

The Arlington Police Department reported a similar crime. In early February, a man who identified himself as “Michael” told the homeowners on 300 blocks off Circle Drive that he was an employee of a roofing company they had used in the past. The suspect claimed he was home to work on the roof before the homeowner’s warranty expired.

Arlington police say the homeowners wrote a check for $ 1,200 to the man they now believe is Bell.

Arlington homeowners caught the suspect on their RING doorbell camera, and Arlington Police posted the following video on their Facebook page.

Mesquite police say Bell has connections with both the Austin and Gainesville areas and often travels from Austin to Dallas.

Police say Bell drives a silver 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 Trail Boss Edition with a Texas license plate MSH-2023.

Bell currently has several arrest warrants against him. When you see him, you will be asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 877-372-8477 or call Investigator A Soto at 972-216-6704.

Crime stoppers also pay up to $ 5,000 for information leading to the suspect’s arrest and prosecution.

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