After a month long investigation, two (2) subjects were charged with Theft, Theft by Deception and being an Unlicensed Home Improvement Contractor. Police had originally received reports that the males had been possibly taking advantage of a 75 year old female in the Holiday City Development, an over 55 residential community. Employees at TD Bank in Williamstown called 911, along with a concerned neighbor, on several occasions when they became suspicious that the victim was possibly being “scammed”.
During the investigation, it was found that two (2) different males were taking advantage of the victim and deceiving her into paying for work that hadn't been completed, overpaying for work being done, and/or paying for the same work multiple times. They were able to accomplish this because the victim suffers from dementia and memory loss. The incidents spanned from August of 2017 to January 29, 2018 and the total amount stolen over that time was over $13,000.
During the last incident on January 29th, Dennis Kolp was arrested at the victim’s home after he was again trying to collect over $600 for work that he had not completed. Kolp was charged with 3 counts of Theft 2C:20-3a, 3 counts of Theft by Deception 2C:20-4 and Being an Unlicensed Home Improvement Contractor NJSA 56:8-138a. He was later released pending court.
Ratib (Ray) Abed was taken into custody after voluntarily coming into Monroe Township Police Headquarters. Abed was charged with 15 counts of Theft 2C:20-3a, 15 counts of Theft by Deception 2C:20-4 and Being an Unlicensed Home Improvement Contractor NJSA 56:8-138a. He was later committed to Salem County Jail.
Both subjects had been charged together in a similar incident in 2011. They are known to have been doing work in over 55 communities in the surrounding counties. The subjects could possibly be operating under the following business names (none of which are licensed):
Home Topper Const, Dennis Kolp Roofing, Jobs R Us, Home Topper Roofing and Contracting, Dennis Kolp Roofing & Const, George Kolp Roofing & Siding, Dennis Kolp Const and Dennis Kolp
The Monroe Twp. Police Department urges all residents to do your homework and to make sure anyone you are hiring to do work at your home is licensed through the State of New Jersey. You can research contractors online through the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs website www.njconsumeraffairs.gov
This investigation is ongoing by the Monroe Township Police Department’s Detective Bureau – Detective Don Darcangelo at 856-728-9800 ext. 524
As always, anonymous crime information can be called into 856-875-2940. Our Anonymous Tip systems are NOT monitored 24/7. All incidents in Monroe Township requiring IMMEDIATE police assistance must be called into MTPD at 856-728-0800. If you have an EMERGENCY or are witnessing a CRIME IN PROGRESS, CALL 911.