|Man accused of conning his way into homes arrested|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Aug. 24, 2005 -- The man who has been scamming his way into Hopkins and Wood County residences over the last few weeks was apprehended Tuesday evening by sheriff’s deputies.
The man was alleged to have posed as a TXU service man at least twice in Hopkins County, as well as in Wood County.
He told the residents that he needed to check circuit breakers in order to gain access to jewelry, money and other valuables which he then was believed to have stolen, witnesses told authorities.
Investigators and deputies from HCSO joined Wood County deputies in a joint search for the man after he was identified to Wood County authorities who knew him to be wanted on other charges there, according to Hopkins County Chief Sheriff’s Investigator Andy Chester.
Sgt. Victor Cosme was the first to spot the suspect traveling north on State Highway 154 toward Sulphur Springs around 7 p.m. Tuesday. Cpl. Jimmy White made the traffic stop. The man initially denied being the suspect named by Wood County authorities, but Investigator Lewis Tatum foiled that claim with a photo of the suspect.
Wood County officers arrived shortly thereafter and took the Hopkins County man into custody on the outstanding warrants. He remained in Wood County jail Wednesday morning awaiting arraignment. He was to be transported back to Hopkins County where theft charges are pending, according to Chester.
“He has been apprehended due to the efforts of Hopkins County Sheriff’s deputies,” Chester said. “We anticipate filing cases here for theft within the next 24 hours, and he may have some cases in the city, too, for the same thing. The main thing is he’s off the street and in custody in Wood County. We’ll get him here when they get through with him.”