Sheriff warning to all SWFL residents on hiring a Handyman

05/04/2011

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The two men charged with murder in connection with the death of Mary Ann Zarb appeared in court.  A judge denying bond for Shane Simpkins and Christopher Neuberger.  Zarb disappeared on April 11, and her remains were finally found Tuesday April 26, in northern Lee County. 

According to reports, Zarb hired Simpkins as a handy man to do some work at her home. But Neuberger told deputies Simpkins forced Zarb to write a number of checks, which he cashed.  Zarb was later strangled to death.  The Sheriff's Office says this is the time of year many people hire handymen to do work around their home and are now issuing a warning for you.

"Have somebody in the house with you or let them know that the person is coming to do the work that your not by yourself that someone else knows that you have people coming in and working and who they are."

The sheriff's office also suggests that you check with the better business bureau and the county's license department before hiring anyone. All in all the handymen charged with Zarb's murder got away with more than 25-grand.

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