Howard County, MD, police officers volunteered their off-duty time to restore the roof of a defrauded elderly couple. (Photo: Howard County PD) -

Howard County, MD, police officers volunteered their off-duty time to restore the roof of a defrauded elderly couple. (Photo: Howard County PD)

Howard County (MD) Police officers traded their duty belts for tool belts after an elderly couple was scammed out of $33,000.

"We took a fraud report after this woman and her blind husband were scammed out of $33,000 by a roofing contractor who wasn't licensed," said Jason Sagel, Howard County Police officer. "They left her with no shingles on her roof."

The patrol squad that covers their Ellicott City neighborhood decided to fix the roof themselves, Fox Baltimore reports.

"As a squad, we decided to come together," Sagel said. "We have some handy guys on the squad and her neighbor is an actual roofer and is going to oversee the project and make sure that it's done correctly."

With guidance from a neighborly roofing expert and donations of materials and tools from The Home Depot, the officers spent their off-duty time making the much-needed repairs.
 

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