Police on Tuesday arrested four members of the same family on suspicion of stealing €9,600 and €3,000 from elderly people in Limassol who had paid them to waterproof their roofs, which they never did.
The suspects, all Bulgarian nationals, are a 42-year-old man and his wife, 40, their son and his wife, both 19.
The younger woman is a mother of a five-year-old boy, who was put in the care of the welfare office.
They were arrested in Kato Polemidhia while allegedly trying to pull the same con on other elderly people.
Police were notified by residents of the area who knew they were being sought by police in connection with two cases of fraud.
Police had received two similar complaints claiming the suspects had taken money, €9,600 and €3,000, to waterproof roofs.
In both cases the suspects used shoddy and unsuitable material – paint reportedly – without finishing the job.
The suspects are expected to be brought before a court on Wednesday for a remand hearing.
Police have not ruled out the possibility of the suspects being implicated in other similar cases and being part of a bigger gang.