Philly police help fix roof of elderly woman who fell victim to scam

“Every night I went home when it was raining and I couldn’t stop thinking about her," said Officer Cynthia Padua

By Steve Marroni

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia grandmother tried to have her sunken, leaking roof fixed, but the roofer she hired took her money and is ignoring her calls.

The police officers Hatixhe Haliti called to report the incident back in October couldn’t stop thinking about her plight, Action News 6 ABC is reporting.

So, they did something about it.

According to reports, Haliti was scammed out of $500 by the roofer she hired to fix her sunken roof at her home in the city’s Port Richmond section, prompting her to file a police report.

“Every night I went home when it was raining and I couldn’t stop thinking about her, like ‘oh my gosh her roof is open,’ she pretty much has all rainwater on her floor,” Community Officer Cynthia Padua told 6 ABC.

She and her partner, Officer Ryan Barksdale, searched for a way to help, and they found Clarence E. Smith Roofing who, on Monday, fixed Haliti’s roof as a gift.

“This could be my mother, this could be my grandmother, and to have her suffering like this, we decided we’ll come out and we’ll just solve the problem for her,” Earl Smith of the roofing company told 6 ABC.

The officers hope this shows many in uniform have big hearts and want to help, and Haliti was full of gratitude, according to reports.

“She couldn’t stop hugging us and saying thank you,” Padua told 6 ABC.

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