Cops: Contractor stole $10,000, never lifted Sandy-damaged home
A contractor from Bay Shore who took $10,000 to lift a Sandy-damaged home was arrested after failing to do any work and trying to avoid the homeowners, Long Beach police said Thursday.
Danny Silsbe, 58, newly arrived from Arkansas, was paid in March to lift a home with extensive storm damage on the west end of Long Beach, police said.
Over the next six months, the homeowners emailed, called, texted and even tracked Silsbe down in person, but he still refused to start work or return the money, police said.
He moved his business, Heavy Construction and Disaster Relief, to Patchogue shortly after superstorm Sandy, police said.
On Aug. 27 Silsbe's contractor licenses were suspended by Nassau County and Long Beach after a hearing by the Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs, police said.
After the victims turned to police in September, investigators looked into the case and arrested Silsbe Tuesday.
He was released on a $1,000 cash bail after being arraigned on third-degree grand larceny. His attorney could not be immediately reached.
"The victims in this case tried everything they could to resolve this matter, but it became very apparent that Silsbe had no intention of ever performing the contracted work," said Long Beach police Commissioner Michael Tangney. "Our investigation revealed that Silsbe moved to New York from Arkansas just after superstorm Sandy."