ELYRIA — Warrants have been issued for an alleged scammer who sold sheds and barns to customers under several different company names, pocketed their money and never delivered the products.
Logan Forrer, 26, is described as a white male, 6 feet, 7 inches tall and 330 pounds. He has green eyes and brown hair and may be wearing glasses and have a beard.
Believed to be living in either Dalton in Wayne County or in North Lawrence in Stark County, Forrer is wanted in connection with a series of thefts and frauds in four counties, affecting more than a dozen victims, according to Elyria Police.
The scam originated in Lorain County, but Forrer also allegedly pulled the scam on people in Huron, Summit and Portage counties, police said.
Capt. Chris Costantino said that until recently, Forrer was working as a distributor for Old Hickory Buildings at 3343 Midway Mall.
The sheds there are owned by the company, and prospective customers would “come and take a look, choose a barn, and he’d write up a sales agreement,” Costantino said.
The victim would then give Forrer the money, and his job was to forward that money to Old Hickory Buildings, who would send the customer the product and pay Forrer a commission, Costantino said.
But Forrer “did none of that,” he said, defrauding customers — some elderly — of their money.
“He took the money and that was it. The people never got a product,” Costantino said.
Forrer “has been involved in a lot of this” alleged criminal behavior “and we want to make sure people are aware,” Costantino said. “Old Hickory Buildings, as soon as they became aware of this, severed their relationship with him.”
Also while operating under the company name Dependable Sheds — Forrer registered the company with the Ohio Secretary of State’s office in August, according to that agency’s searchable business database — he allegedly would sign contracts to sell sheds, collect the money and not submit the work orders to Old Hickory Buildings or deliver products to customers, according to Elyria Police.
Even though Old Hickory Buildings terminated Forrer’s contract after learning of the alleged scam, Forrer allegedly continued to operate on Facebook under the name “Ohio Sheds” and continued to scam his customers, according to Elyria police.
“We think he’s no longer in the area,” Costantino said, encouraging anyone who may have been a victim of the alleged scam to call Elyria police or their local law enforcement agency.
Anyone with information on Forrer’s whereabouts is asked to call the Elyria Police Department at (440) 323-3302.
Anyone who believes they have been a victim of a similar scam or any kind of sales fraud may call the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Help Line at (800) 282-0515 or file a report online.
To avoid being scammed, customers should also check a company’s reputation online, on the Ohio Attorney General’s Office searchable database of consumer complaints or with their local branch of the Better Business Bureau.