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More victims of fake electricians come forward

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SPRINGTOWN, Texas - A woman in Springtown may be another victim of two con men who have been going around North Texas pretending to work for an electric company.

The 79-year-old victim told FOX 4 that the two men knocked on her door last month. One man introduced himself as Gregory Long and said he worked for TXU.

The men told her she had a short in her wiring, went into her attic and then showed her a piece of wire with chew marks on it. They convinced her it was a fire hazard.

They asked for $8,500, but she only gave them a $400 check that day.
Long reportedly told the woman he made a repair, but there’s no evidence of that.   

The men cashed the woman’s check before she realized what had happened.  

The woman said the men were fast talkers who put on a really good show. She said they bullied her and took what they could get.

“He said, ‘I have to have $400,’” said the woman. “He's standing over me looking at my checkbook."

The story is almost identical to others from Azle, Garland and Abilene.

The Parker County Sheriff's Office believes Long and his accomplice stole nearly $10,000 from an 89-year-old Azle woman a day after the Springtown case.

Again the men pretended to work for an electric company, mentioned chewed wiring and pressured the victim into giving them a check.

“Within minutes, they'll be at the bank to cash that check and then they're gone,” said Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler.

Authorities are not sure if Gregory Long is the suspect's real name. He does have a driver's license, but also has been known to use other names such as Danny and Jackson.

The victim in the Springtown recognized the driver's license photo, but said the person who identified himself as Long at her house was the other younger man.

Sheriff Fowler says Long was spotted in Missouri, near Joplin. Police there are also actively on the lookout for Long.

Anyone with information about the pair is encouraged to call Parker County Crime Stoppers at 817-599-5555 or a local police department.

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