The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office has charged a man with two counts each of exploiting an elderly person and obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor larceny.

Harvey Mack Stamper II, 41, of Summerville Place, Wilkesboro, was arrested on the charges Thursday.

Wilkes Sheriff Chris Shew’s report stated that an 82-year-old Wilkesboro woman reported on Dec. 16 that on Nov. 28 a white male came to her home and solicited to clean out her gutters for $400.

Shew’s report said the man, identified as Stamper, came down from the roof after completing part of the work, requested $500 instead of $400 and said he needed to get to the bank. The woman wrote him a check for $500.

Shew’s report said Stamper returned the next day and said he needed additional money to buy shingles because her roof needed patching. The woman’s response was that this should be included in the $500 she already paid.

The sheriff’s report said that after working on the roof for 30 minutes to an hour that day, Stamper came down and said he needed an additional $400. The report said that after the woman wrote him a $400 check, Stamper left without completing the work.

Shew reported that while Stamper was on the victim’s property, he inquired about two cars in the victim’s yard. He got keys from her in an attempt to start to the cars and then left with the keys.

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