WILMINGTON -- His main job is creating intricate sweet confections. His other job uses that same artistic touch to help solve crimes. From Apple Annie's Bakery in Wilmington to the cop shop, Gary Longordo has been decorating cakes for his family-owned bakery, Apple Annie's, all his life. He said, Hans and I do all of the decorating on the cakes and we can do three-dimensions stuff or two-dimensional stuff." Longordo puts in 40 hours a week at the bakery. On top of that, he also works a second job, which might surprise you. "I'm a forensic artist," Longordo said. "I do composites and reconstruction of remains or bodies, or body parts." Longordo is the area's only suspect sketch artist for the FBI and the Wilmington Police Department. "These are composites Gary had done for us in our cases where he sits down and interviews the witnesses," WPD Capt. Barry Key said. "He's able to put together a composite of what the suspect would look like." Longordo started his career as a forensic artist 30 years ago. He was living in New York studying art, with a focus on medical illustrations. A local police officer saw potential in his sketches and decided to put him through training with the FBI. Now, living in Wilmington, Longordo is one of the top sketch artists in the country and has helped put hundreds of criminals behind bars. But says he sees beyond the life he leads as a forensic artist. "I'm at the point in my life where I'd like to become more of a fine artist and showcase some of my talents as a painter," Longordo said. In the meantime Longordo says he'll continue creating masterpieces, both on paper and in icing. You can see much of Longordo's artwork on display in his bakery and on his web site: http://www.garylongordo.com/.
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