Final suspect arrested in Baker roofing scam

Police have completed an investigation into an alleged roofing scam that targeted an elderly couple nine months ago, Assistant Police Chief Randall Dunaway said Thursday.

The couple, a 71-year-old woman and a 93-year-old man, lost $21,400 to three men who portrayed themselves as roofing workers and took the money during a two-month period without performing any work, Dunaway said.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant Tuesday for Brandon Michael Ferguson, 24, 550 Myrtle St., Baker, and booked him at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on six counts each of felony theft and theft of the assets of an aged person.

Ferguson already was in Parish Prison on other charges.

Dunaway said police had earlier arrested Aubrey J. Ramsey, 29, and Ollie Cooper, 30, and booked them on the same 12 counts.

Dunaway said detectives picked up Ramsey in Wisconsin and the investigation then led to Ferguson.

A detective’s affidavit used to obtain a warrant for Ferguson’s arrest said the couple told officers that three men showed up at their home Dec. 19 and said they were there to do roofing work.

After talking to the three, the couple agreed to let the three do roof repairs on their house and drove to a Baker bank to cash an $8,500 check they gave to Ferguson for roofing materials.

The men did not return to make the repairs but talked the couple into giving them additional money in five transactions through Jan. 22, the affidavit said.