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Reward increased for CrimeSTOPPERS 'Crime Menace'

One of the locations scammed by Gregory Florence was Potter Motor Company. (Source: WALB) One of the locations scammed by Gregory Florence was Potter Motor Company. (Source: WALB)
Florence conned the dealership into lending him a $9,000 mower to cut a yard for his daughter's wedding. (Source: WALB) Florence conned the dealership into lending him a $9,000 mower to cut a yard for his daughter's wedding. (Source: WALB)
Florence promised to bring it back in an hour and hey haven't seen it since. (Source: WALB) Florence promised to bring it back in an hour and hey haven't seen it since. (Source: WALB)
Dougherty County Police Captain Tom Jackson (Source: WALB) Dougherty County Police Captain Tom Jackson (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

The the number one fugitive from the CrimeSTOPPERS Street Sweep is still on the run.

Police said that Gregory Florence is a "Crime Menace to South Georgia" and it's vital to get him off the streets. 

As of Monday night, Gregory Florence is still on the run, and police said that means he could be victimizing another South Georgian, so the reward was increased for information leading to his arrest.

Dougherty County Police warn that Florence, who is also known as Papa, has left a wake of theft victims.

"Everyday it seems we are getting a call about somebody that he scammed out of some money," said Dougherty County Police Captain Tom Jackson.

One of the victims was Potter Motor Company. Florence conned the dealership into lending him a $9,000 mower to cut a yard for his daughter's wedding. He promised to bring it back in an hour and hey haven't seen it since.

"He's a modern day conman," explained Captain Jackson. "That's the best way to put it. He's got a knack for selling people stuff that he doesn't even own himself."

Several rental companies have rented him expensive vehicles, and he sold them to unsuspecting victims.

"This past Friday he test drove a car and never brought it back. Okay," said Jackson. "We've had him sell a car that didn't even belong to him on somebody else's property."

The Dougherty County Police have 11 active arrest warrants for Florence, and there are more from Albany Police, Dougherty County Sheriff's, Lee County and Moultrie law enforcement.

Police said that they believe Florence has more victims, too embarrassed to admit that they were scammed.

Police warn that Florence offers the cars and equipment he steals for much less than it's worth, and people fall for the con. They said that he is a master scam artist with a growing list of victims and they warn people to not deal with him.

Anyone with information on Florence is asked to contact CrimeSTOPPERS at (229) 436-TIPS. The call can stay anonymous and you can still collect the extra reward money.

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