Duluth Lock & Key owner says shady locksmith hijacked phone - CBS46 News

Duluth Lock & Key owner says shady locksmith hijacked business phone line

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DULUTH, GA (CBS46) -

CBS Atlanta News has spent months exposing the shady tactics used by rogue locksmiths in our state and now they're at it again, this time taking advantage of a rather unlikely victim.

Kenn Stewart's phone is ringing off the hook this week, but last week it was a different story.

He said a shady locksmith rerouted his phone line for three days, stealing some of his business.

"So after a little investigation I determined that my phone had been illegally ported to another company, another locksmith company," Stewart said.

Stewart set up a sting operation to find out who was behind the incident. He said a man showed up in an unmarked van claiming to be Duluth Lock and Key, and when Stewart started snapping photographs, he said the questionable locksmith drove off.

Stewart said he's been in business for 25 years and he's never had someone hijack his phone line.

"Well it cost me about $500 a day minimum not to mention how many customers that may have been a good customer that they may have scared off that may never do business with me again because they were so rude to them," Stewart said.

Duluth police are now investigating the incident, which is a warning to other legitimate locksmith's and consumers.

"I just pray for them and I just hope they stop this activity and the government will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law," Stewart said.

Duluth Lock and Key also said the Public Service Commission is investigating to find out how the phone number was rerouted.

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