Pelham Police looking for residents scammed by tile business

Published 3:00 pm Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Pelham Police are looking for residents who might have been scammed by the owner of a now defunct city tile business, Gannett Tile.

Police have charged Andrew Carlton Gannett, 42, with scamming residents in Pelham and Helena from April to June out of money for work that was never done.

“He was placing flyers and taking orders from customers in Shelby County, Vestavia Hills and Hoover to put tile in residential areas,” said Pelham Police Lt. Scott Tucker. “He required half the money down to cover materials and after they would pay the money, no work would be done.”

Pelham Police have charged Gannett with two counts of second-degree theft, while Helena has charged the man with one count of second-degree theft.

Gannett’s former business did have a legal business license, but the establishment at 125 Hayesbury Drive Suite B off Alabama 261 has since been closed.

“He had a legitimate business at one point,” Tucker said. “He just kind of took the spiral downward.”

Anyone who did business with or has information about Gannett is asked to call the Pelham Police Department at 620-6440.

“I know there’s other folks out there who had dealings with (Gannett), but they’re just not sure what to do,” Tucker said.