Man helps victim of alleged tree trimmer scam

2:27 PM, Dec 5, 2013   |    comments
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AURORA - 9NEWS recently profiled a tree trimmer who allegedly took payment from two women and didn't finish the job. Aurora Police arrested him in November. On Thursday, a man decided to help one victim with her predicament.

On Nov. 6, 9NEWS featured the story of Linda Foy. Foy told 9NEWS Crime and Justice Reporter Anastasiya Bolton that she had paid Jones in full for a job he didn't complete. 9NEWS learned Jones didn't have a business license to work in Aurora.

According to the police report, after his arrest and without being asked specifics, Jones told the detective "all but one tree was competed at her house, and he didn't know he needed a business license to do business in Aurora."

"Jones then asked the detective and a jail officer standing in the area what the outcome would be if he [pleaded] guilty the following morning when he went before the judge. 'I'm not sitting here denying anything,'" the arrest report said.

The Aurora Police report cites 9NEWS' story about Foy as the genesis for contacting the victim for a follow up.

On Thursday, Jim Kranz decided to volunteer his time to help Foy. He cut down the last of Foy's trees and did it all for free.

"What this guy did was out of line, so I wanted to help her out," Krantz told 9NEWS. "I know it's expensive, but it's not something everybody can do. I just wanted to help. I've got three kids and wanted to set an example."

Krantz went on to say that he's cut down trees for 20 years and hates when he hears about people being dishonest in his industry.

"I did it to help," Krantz said. "I went out to do it for her. It's just that time of year."


Aurora Police arrested Jeremiah Jones on Nov. 21. According to the police report, APD detectives checked if Jones still had a published add up on Craigslist. He did.

The report states detectives called the number to set up a meeting "for an estimate."

Jones was picked up on a number of warrants. He had two warrants for theft and larceny out of Aurora and a warrant for larceny out of Lakewood and Adams County. In Arvada he failed to appear on a speeding ticket.

The APD report also cited the second story 9NEWS did on Nov. 7 about 83-year-old Betty Burnam from Northglenn who said she paid Jones in full aldo, and he never did the work.

"I am satisfied that it will be more difficult for him to scam other people but saddened that it had to go this far," Foy wrote Bolton in an email. "He should have stepped up and done the right thing, finished the job or returned the money. It's good to know the system works and the good guys get the bad guys."

He's expected to spend 88 days in the Arapahoe Jail.

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