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07/28/05

Contractor with Criminal Record Arrested in Bryan County

He promised work, was paid and didn't finish the job. Now, a Savannah contractor is behind bars. It looks like his past may have caught up with him.

Leroy Moore, Jr.--known to his customers as Roy--wasn't just in hot water with clients around the Coastal Empire. It turns out, he had similar problems in Florida not too long ago. He served jail time and was put on probation. But recent problems we exposed put him back on the police radar, and back behind bars.

Joyce Vanderberry of Dutch Island blew the whistle last week on what she believed was a crooked contractor.

"It disturbed me that this seems like it would keep going and going," she said.

In her case, she contracted Moore to work on her kitchen countertops. He started the job, she paid him money, and he never came back to finish.

We aired her story and he paid her money back. But she says police need to know other victims are out there.

"Once they realize this is not one or two people, but it is in the dozens, more will be done to stop him," she said.

"It gives construction workers a bad name overall," said Det. Mike Larson of the Bryan County Sheriff's Department.

He heard from one of the victims last week. "She said she saw the story on WTOC. She seemed to have the same problem."

Det. Larson hooked up with Savannah-Chatham police and found out Moore had been in jail already and was on probation in Florida. "In checking his background, we learned he was wanted in Florida."

There'd been similar types of problems there: work had been contracted but not completed, and money had not been refunded.

Det. Larson waited for the right opportunity, and it came Tuesday at the Bryan Bank and Trust in Richmond Hill. Roy Moore, Jr., came there to meet a disgruntled customer and pay her back for work he didn't finish. He gave her a $2,000 check, and Det. Larson arrested Moore for probation violations.

"Anytime you can help the victims, it makes you feel good," he said.

"Quite frankly, I am glad he is behind bars and finally being held accountable for stealing from everybody," said Vanderberry.

Moore remains in the Bryan County jail tonight awaiting extradition to Florida.

The number of alleged victims continues to go up by the day. In addition to a history of problems in Florida, he now has trouble in Chatham, Effingham, and Bryan Counties.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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