Sheriff: Laurel County Man Wanted In Lightning Rod Scam

Reported by: Tom Kenny
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Updated: 3/10 9:32 pm
The Whitley County Sheriff said a warrant had been issued for the arrest of Mark Anthony Adams, 21, of London, in connection to a lightning rod installation scam.

Investigators said Adams presented himself as an employee of the Cumberland Valley RECC on February 20, 2014, and told a man he was there to install lightning rods to protect the man's home.

Authorities said after Adams installed the lightning rods, he told the homeowner the cost was $8,000, but then dropped the price to $4,000 after the homeowner refused to pay.

Investigators said Adams told the man he would lose his job if he didn't get the $4,000 installation fee.

The reported victim wrote Adams a check for $4,000, according to investigators.

Investigators said Adams returned to the home at a later date with a chainsaw and cut some trees. 

The homeowner told Adams to leave and contacted the Whitley County Sheriff's Department, which led to the investigation, according to authorities.

If anyone has information about Adams' whereabouts, contact the Whitley County Sheriff's Department at 606-549-6006 or Whitley County Dispatch at 606-549-6017.

If you have a similar complaint concerning Adams, contact the Whitley County Sheriff's Department at the above number.

If you live outside of Whitley County, contact your local police department.
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