CRETE, Ill. (CBS) — Two so-called contractors now face even more charges — felonies — months after CBS 2 unraveled their phony home repair scheme across Chicagoland.

Police told CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas that his reporting helped them build their case.

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Crete police Detective Sgt. Adam Groszek and Sgt. Anthony Konvalinka are two investigators who wouldn’t give up.

“Extensive leg work,” Groszek said.

“A lot of work,” said Konvalinka.

That work paid off in the form of a candid picture of a so-called contractor. And it cracked the case for the investigators, who identified Justin Ephraim and Jorge Molina as the suspects.

“A key turning point in this was when our victims were able to identify Ephraim from the CBS news report, that really opened up the doors,” Konvalinka said.

Sgt. Konvalinka was referring to our investigation into a home repair…

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