Roofing contractor arrested for scamming the elderly

Posted at 8:03 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 21:03:30-04

Skylar Buras was arrested today in San Antonio.  Buras was taken without incident while in an interview with police at a San Antonio substation.

He has 4 felony counts of theft, three on the elderly.  Following his arrest, Buras said he "is working through all of this" and he is "not guilty" and he has "not scammed anyone".

There are two local seniors who claim Buras owes them money.

78-year-old John Smith, whose roof has been in shambles since Hurricane Harvey. Smith says he gave Buras $21,000.

What were you thinking? What were your emotions when you found out Skylar was arrested this morning?

"Well, I’m relieved to a certain extent. Because I think justice is being served, however do we get restitution? We don’t yet know that so we are going to have to wait and see about that, but ya’ know he  is probably where he is supposed to be right now," said Smith.

 86-year-old Leota Gaines, who makes stuffed animals for the kids at Driscoll Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House, says she gave Buras over $8,000.

"I feel overwhelmed, I feel absolutely backed in to a corner. I mean I want out of this bind I am in and if they can put a roof on my house fine. But him in jail isn’t going to help me a bit." 

All in all there are about 8 more who have come forward, Scott Schwartz is another.

"Even if he does time in jail, that doesn’t get me paid back," said Schwartz.

I spoke with Skylars’s brother today, Tristin. He says he is trying to bail Skylar out of jail today.

Skylar was planning to be here in Corpus Christi tomorrow to meet with homeowners like Pastor Smith and Leota Gaines.  We’ll let you know what happens.

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