Family Speaks Out After Mother-In-Law Victimized

The family of a Beaufort County woman who authorities say was ripped off by those hired to do hurricane repairs, is speaking out so the same thing doesn't happen to others.

Jeff Centner doesn't want to reveal the identity of his 76-year-old mother-in-law from Belhaven, but does want to tell her story.

Centner says his mother-in-law actually hired Anthony and Stephanie Callahan of New York from Craigslist to do construction work before Hurricane Irene hit. He says the two were living with his mother-in-law.

When the hurricane damaged the woman's home all three went to a Washington Motel to stay.

Centner says it was then that they suspected something was wrong.

Police say the Callahan's stole at least $15,000 thousand dollars worth of items and cash from the woman, including a diamond ring.

Police in Albany, New York arrested the Callahan's as they got off a bus.

Police say they did recover the ring and some cash.

Centner has this advice for anyone hiring people for work around their home, do your homework on them first and do a background check.


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  • by citizen W Location: Washington on Oct 4, 2011 at 05:58 PM
    I would just like to say thank you to all of the Police Officers involved in this case. Sounds like the WPD did an outstanding job on this case! Kudos!!
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      by cent on Oct 4, 2011 at 06:22 PM in reply to citizen W
      ABSOLUTELY!!!! We've said it over and over and never get tired of getting the story out there how wonderful these officers are.. The officers on the scene that night were AWESOME!!! Det. Paramore is an amazing officer and can not be thanked enough for all he did to bring these two back. GOOD WORK WASHINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT!!!
  • by citizen W Location: Washington on Oct 4, 2011 at 05:58 PM
    I would just like to say thank you to all of the Police Officers involved in this case. Sounds like the WPD did an outstanding job on this case! Kudos!!
  • by Chad Location: Gville on Oct 4, 2011 at 05:27 AM
    I have been selling on Craigslist for years and have never been scammed. People have attempted to scam me with wire fraud and fake checks etc. but if you just use your head and sell/buy smart then you are not likely to be scammed.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Oct 3, 2011 at 06:28 PM
    Do not use Craig's List for selling things; from personal experience I know it's a very risky site. Anyone, criminal or not, can post or reply...not a secure, safe place, no matter what they say.
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      by Justice on Oct 4, 2011 at 01:05 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      Then where would you sell things which would be SAFE? I can't think of anyplace where its totally safe.
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