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Groundskeeper accused of theft, credit card fraud

A 44-year-old Inverness man is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from his girlfriend and investigators said they think he has cheated other women out of large sums of money in the past.

Albert William Jones III, of 3019 S Davis Lake Drive, was arrested Wednesday on one count each of grand theft and identity theft after he was accused of using his girlfriend's credit cards between May 1, 2000, and Aug. 31, 2001.

He was being held at the Citrus County Jail Wednesday evening in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Sgt. David Fields, head of the major crimes unit for the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, said he is still trying to identify others who might have similar complaints about Jones.

"Based on the information we have received, he seems like he's your basic con artist," Fields said.

Jones' former girlfriend, Angela Williams, contacted the Sheriff's Office on Feb. 7 to report the alleged theft. Since then, Fields said he has been gathering bank documents and credit card statements.

Fields took the information to the State Attorney's Office, which filed the criminal charges and arranged for Jones to be arrested.

Jones was taken into custody about 2 p.m. at River Oaks Assisted Living Facility, where he worked as a groundskeeper, Fields said.

Fields said Jones was contrite when questioned after his arrest.

"He apologized for what had happened," he said. "He said he knew he shouldn't have done it."

Because the investigation is ongoing, Fields said he could share few details. But he said there's evidence Jones took steps to make Williams dependent on him as he illegally used the credit cards.

Fields said he doesn't know how Jones spent the money. Jones told Fields he spent it on presents for Williams, which she denied.

Jones has no previous criminal history, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement records.

Fields urged anyone with information to call the Citrus County Sheriff's Office at 726-4488 or toll-free at 1-888-ANYTIPS.

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