Dave’s Custom Driveways contacted residents to paint driveways and install flooring. Customers complained the company owners, Dave McDonnell and his wife Marsha McDonnell, collected partial payments and then failed to complete projects.
During their investigation Lakeland Police discovered that Dave McDonnell was an alias for Robert Lee Cooper (DOB: 2/20/66). With outstanding warrants in Sarasota, Manatee, and Volusia Counties and in Ann Arbor Michigan, Cooper was considered a fugitive. Cooper he fled on foot when contacted by Lakeland Police. Apprehended after a short chase, he will be extradited to the agencies with pending charges.
Lakeland Police ask that anyone who feels they were a victim of Cooper to contact their office at 863-834-6900. The agency reminded residents “to use caution when hiring people to perform work on their property when they are contacted through door to door soliciting, or asked to provide money up front before the work is completed.”
For the LPD information release see: www.lpdonlinenews.com.
For tips on hiring contractors see: ConsumerReports.org