Windsor residents warned of solicitors after storm
DENVER, Colorado ” Residents of the most heavily damaged area of tornado-stricken Windsor are reporting scammers offering fixes to their homes at unreasonable prices, the Weld County Sheriff’s office said Sunday.
Authorities also said they have responded to “30 suspicious incidents,” including the arrest of a man suspected in a Fort Collins homicide, in a previously restricted area where residents were allowed to return Saturday.
Deputy Shane Scofield, a Weld County Sheriff’s office spokesman, said residents should be wary of solicitors in the aftermath of the tornado that swept through Windsor Thursday, damaging at least 596 homes, including 102 that were deemed unsafe to occupy.
The tornado that struck six towns in Weld County also killed a 52-year-old man at a campground near Greeley and injured more than 100 people. Most of the injuries were minor.
Scofield said door-to-door solicitation is a town ordinance violation. He said residents have reported solicitors selling materials and offering repairs at high prices, which insurance companies may not cover. He said people should call their insurance companies to see whether they can be reimbursed for any materials or repairs to their homes before paying.
After the storm Thursday, police and more than 100 National Guard troops cordoned off a square-mile area in southeast Windsor so work crews could clean the area, check for gas leaks and repair gas mains severed by uprooted trees. Neighborhood residents were first allowed back to the area Saturday morning, but access was open to everyone by nightfall.
Scofield said the “suspicious incidents” authorities responded to could have been something as simple as a strange noise or suspicious lights. One of the calls Windsor police received early Sunday was about a man wanted in connection with a Fort Collins homicide that happened hours before, he said.
Fort Collins police investigations Lt. John Pino said Justin Levi Moore, 29, was arrested in Windsor after barricading himself in the house of a relative for about 30 minutes. Moore, of Fort Collins, is being investigated for the shooting death of a woman in her 20s at an apartment complex. Her name will not be released until her relatives are notified, Pino said.
Authorities said they also found a possible smoke grenade in a home.
Sheriff’s officials have not reported any looting. Scofield said various law enforcement agencies in northern Colorado and the National Guard will continue patrolling Windsor.
The storm knocked out power to thousands of people, but sheriff’s officials said only 200 Xcel Energy customers were still waiting for power to be restored Sunday night.
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