Unlicensed improvements alleged


State police have arrested and charged two men in connection with an alleged unlicensed home improvement business that was operating in Sykesville.

Troopers said they received a call about two men who were paving a driveway in the 400 block of Ronsdale Road in Sykesville. When police questioned the workers yesterday, they were told that the men were picked up each morning at their homes, taken to the daily job site, paid in cash and knew little about their employers.

Investigators set up a surveillance near the house. At 3:40 p.m., when a pickup truck with Virginia license tags arrived, troopers questioned the two men in the truck and arrested them.

Gerard Joseph Delaney, 34, and Michael Bryan Maber, 23, said they were working for Shannon Pavers and gave a Pikesville motel as their address. They each were charged with three counts of selling home improvements in Maryland without a license and one count of offering to sell without a license, and were released on $5,000 bail.

The men working on the driveway were not arrested, police said.

Investigators said each spring and summer, groups from out of the state solicit homeowners for quick repairs and move on. The work is often inferior and the victims have no way of contacting the contractor, police said.

Police said three other homes in the Sykesville area had work done by the same group.

They said anyone who has contracted with Shannon Pavers should call state police in Westminster at 876-2101.

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