BELL COUNTY (March 4, 2013)--Local residents have been scammed out of thousands of dollars, and the sheriff's department is looking for more victims of the thief.
Jay Curtis Slayton, 43, of Holland was indicted last month on two counts of theft under $20,000 stemming from the alleged scam.
According to an arrest affidavit, at least two residents of Bell County paid Slayton more than $1,500 each to build storage sheds for them.
The affidavit said Slayton took the money but never provided services.
Donnie Adams with Bell County Sheriff's Department said at least five more victims have contacted them since his indictment, but officials believe there are more.
Adams said if more victims speak up, it could help the case.
"These folks are taking citizens for large amounts of money," Adams said.
"They're very hard cases to prove because it's a fine line between criminal activity and just bad business."
Investigators are asking residents who think they've been a victim of the scam to call the Bell County Sheriff's Department at (254) 933-5412.