Carencro business owner arrested on home improvement scam

LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL News) — A small business owner with roots in the community of Lafayette, but whose work — or alleged lack of it — in the neighboring community of St. Landry left many customers feeling betrayed.

Complaints dating back to April 2022 have resulted in 28-year-old Tyler Anthony Carpenter, of Carencro, being arrested by Lafayette Police and then transferred to St Landry Township Jail. And it was tips sent to the St. Landry Crime Stoppers program that led to Carpenter’s arrest.

“I want to thank Crime Stoppers and the whistleblowers who called Tyler Carpenter’s whereabouts,” said Bobby Guidroz, St. Landry Parish Sheriff. “This case shows that when the community and law enforcement work together for everyone, we can keep our community safe.”

Carpenter is accused of taking a total of $10,190.00 from his alleged victims and breaching his contracts with them.

The first complaint

The first case begins on April 20, 2022, when a victim contacted Carpenter to order three garage doors for his business. The victim received an offer for $9,970.72 and six days later wrote Diamond Garage Doors a check for $5,000.00 as a deposit. The injured party says the garage doors should be ready by late August/early September but no garage doors have arrived. The deposit was not refunded.

The second complaint

A similar situation was reported when a garage door ordered by another victim on May 23 was told it would take about five months to arrive, but it never came. In this case, the victim paid Carpenter a deposit of $2,040.00. The deposit was not refunded.

The third complaint

And in another unrelated case, another victim paid a deposit to install motorized garage doors in their home after contacting Carpenter’s store on Facebook and contacting Carpenter himself via text and verbal communications. The estimate was $5,250.00 and the deposit to Carpenter was $3,150.00 but the garage doors never came and the deposit was never returned.

The arrest of Tyler Carpenter

St. Landry Crime Stoppers profiled Tyler Carpenter on Fugitive Friday, December 30, after three warrants were issued against him for home improvement/contractor fraud. Carpenter was also wanted on an unrelated case for violating the protection order.

After numerous tips were sent to St. Landry Crime Stoppers and then forwarded to the St. Landry Township Sheriff’s Office for investigation, Carpenter was located in the Lafayette Township and arrested using the location provided by the tipster. On January 19, Carpenter was sent to St. Landry Parish Jail.

Carpenter faces three counts of home improvement fraud with bail totaling $7,500.00.

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