ALAMANCE COUNTY, NC -- It's the law of threes. Realtors say, "Location, location, location". When companies want you to sign up for something they use the verbage, "it's as easy as 1,2,3" and when you have mutiple choice, usually it's "A,B,C".

The law of threes applies when you hire someone to do work, too. You should pay one-third of the money up front, the next third midway through the project, and then you should make the final payment when the work is complete.

A good example was posted Tuesday by the Alamance County Sheriff's Office. Investigators say that James Calvin Mansfield has been agreeing to do roofing work, taking customers' money for supplies, and never returning to complete the work.

Mansfield is charged with a felony and deputies say your neighbors are out $7,000. If you recognize this him or know where he is, investigators want to hear from you.

And if you're thinking that this happened in another county and you don't have to worry about it, remember, people travel and he's not the only one.