Taken for Granite

Taken for Granite

There are 52 comments on the Fox 31 KDVR story from Dec 14, 2009, titled Taken for Granite. In it, Fox 31 KDVR reports that:

They got caught between a rock and a hard place, when they handed over thousands of dollars to a Colorado granite company owner A-who took their money and ran.

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Denver, CO

#1 Dec 14, 2009
He still owes me $350 for a deposit on a job he never completed. I will file a police report. Thanks for the story!

United States

#2 Dec 14, 2009
He owes me 750 dollars for a job they never even started. He has been giving me the run around for 2 months. He has even used his childrens health as an excuse.

Parker, CO

#3 Dec 14, 2009
Why can Fox 31 find this guy and the police can't? Arrest this guy already!!

Denver, CO

#6 Dec 15, 2009
Dont plan on ever seeing your money people, its all been sent back to mexico. Come on what did you expect from this guy!!

(Arturo Salcedo Gonzales) his name says it all.

I love the pos cadillac he drives away in what a cock roach!!

Denver, CO

#7 Dec 15, 2009
I agree with Scott. Next time Fox 31, take the police with you. You had him in front of you, then ask the public to call the police if we see him.

Denver, CO

#8 Dec 15, 2009
So where is OSHA? Any legitimate shop cannot fabricate in someone else's driveway and have granite dust flying everywhere. There are so many cheap guys out there simply scamming people. But one should never pay 100% down. Is this guy paying taxes? He ought to be hauled away immediately.

Denver, CO

#9 Dec 15, 2009
Sometimes you get what you pay for. If you go cheap on a CUSTOM product, you should expect a half ass job....Why would you give anyone $4700 up front for a job that wasn't complete???
I've lost jobs this year to low life losers like this guy, but I try to tell people to get references, find out if a company carries insurance.
If you are willing to give someone you don't know your money without checking them out then you are just as much at fault as the guy scamming you.
Lori Schwahn

Greeley, CO

#10 Dec 15, 2009
Please contact us about this story. We would like to help her (Demi Lowry) out by donating the granite and labor. Compliments of Capco Slab Dept. and Tile & Granite Works.

Denver, CO

#11 Dec 15, 2009
maybe fox31 should check out the auto glass shop thats run out of the same location as Exquisite Marble in Commerce City...looks like Tavos Auto Glass is doing bad business as well

Colorado Springs, CO

#12 Dec 15, 2009
If he is wanted in 4 counties, then how is he found so easily, and not arrested???

Denver, CO

#14 Dec 15, 2009
Arturo Gonzales is only one of many such garage operators in Colorado. Who is checking to see if he has liability insurance, work comp. insurance, and city and state tax licenses? Is OSHA aware of his working conditions or lack thereof? No face masks, no safety glasses, tennis shoes--really? etc. Where is the Colorado Dept of Health in regards to cutting in a garage and dumping the dust in the storm sewers? Legitimate shops sure can't get away with these practices. A guy like this can work for cash and yet go to Greeley, CO with a phony SS# and have an accountant obtain for him a tax refund and social security benefits--this according to the Denver Post. Rumor has it, people find these scammers on Craig's List--BEWARE.

Rocky Ford, CO

#15 Dec 15, 2009
Why didn't Fox 31 call the cops when they talked with this guy?
Better yet carry a gun and just shoot his azz!

Denver, CO

#16 Dec 15, 2009
Tom Martino is just as big of a crook as this guy.

Denver, CO

#17 Dec 15, 2009
He also took momey and ran from my mom and dad they have been looking for him for about 4 years!

Denver, CO

#18 Dec 16, 2009
The guy fabricating in the video by the garage, is another company called out to fix Arturo's mess. All fabricators at some point have to cut some pieces in the field. They don't just template, and cut in the shop, and all the pieces fit perfectly at the customers house. There is always some touch up. This is common. I work at a wholesaler, and personally saw this guy get handcuffed in our yard about 5 or 6 years ago for doing the same thing to customers, and led out by police through our showroom. I haven't seen him in here since, so some other wholesalers must be selling him material. Arturo is a crook, and will always be a crook.
Majestic Stone

Denver, CO

#19 Dec 16, 2009
Please contact us also. We would be happpy to do the fabrication and installation for Demi if Capco so generously provides the material.

heidi hemmat

Littleton, CO

#20 Dec 17, 2009
to all you nice people offering to donate time, materials etc. Demi is getting her granite issue taken care of by Michael Padilla at Venus Designs.
I ran an update on our newscast thanking you all for your geneoristy but I'm still getting offers from granite companies. Thank you all again.

Denver, CO

#21 Dec 18, 2009
Where'd you find Padilla?!!! He owes me $400!! Unbelievable

Denver, CO

#22 Dec 18, 2009
One snake to the next HAHAHA good luck Demi

Bedford, IN

#25 Apr 13, 2010
He got me for 400.00 last month as a down payment.
Has he been arrested?

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