ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — A local contractor faces felony theft charges, after allegedly scamming people out of tens of thousands of dollars.
The investigation started with a complaint from a 75-year-old man, who waited months for a project he paid for. Within weeks, he learned he was not alone.
Robert Davis loves his vintage cars, but he doesn’t love his garage.
“Not enough vehicle room,” Davis said.
When he ran out of space for his 1927 Ford Model T Roadster, he decided to search for a builder online.
“He gave me a real low bid,” Davis said. “I guess that’s why I went for it.”
Robert says Brice Addleman offered to build him a pole barn for $40,000 … as long as he paid about half up front.
“I wrote a check out for $20,000 and we went right to the bank with it,” he said.
Robert immediately started prepping his land for the building, but he says Addleman started giving him excuses.
“He got in a wreck for one, his grandpa died for another one, and it just seemed like one excuse after another,” Davis said.
After almost three months of waiting, Davis called an Adams County investigator. That’s when he learned he wasn’t alone.
“I just couldn’t believe it,” Davis said. “That many people got scammed.”
The investigator found Addleman had unfulfilled contracts with seven people, taking more than $70,000 with little to no work to show for it.
There are now numerous warnings about Addleman and Addleman Construction online, but it’s too late for Davis.
“Everything is just, stopped,” he said. “It crippled me. $20,000 for me, it just completely wipes me out.”
Addleman faces a charge of theft from an at-risk elder for what he allegedly did to Robert. That is the most serious of his three felonies.