Jones County Sheriff's Office

~ Alex Hodge, Sheriff ~
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Press Releases

  • Monday, April 18, 2016 - 3:07pm

    On Monday, April 18, 2016, David Keyes, 44, followed a female acquaintance to her place of employment.  When she arrived he confronted her, and a verbal argument ensued.  Keyes shot the victim one time and fled the scene.

     

    A search was immediately underway for Keyes, enlisting the help of the public.  Through...

  • Friday, February 12, 2016 - 4:29pm

    George Tucker, 53 of Laurel, has a history of incarceration for various drug convictions, including Federal and State Prison.  He had been under surveillance by the Jones County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division. 

     

    On Friday, February 12, 2016, Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies were coincidentally conducting a...

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 11:07am

    MOM ON METH FACING CHARGES

     

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On January 19, 2016 the Department of Human Services received a call from a local hospital that a newborn had tested positive for Methamphetamines.  DHS in turn sent a referral packet to Jones County Sheriff’s Investigators.

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  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 11:06am

    JONES COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL BATTERY

     

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On January 7, 2016, Jones County Sheriff’s Investigators received a referral packet from the Department of Human Services stating a 17 year old female had confided in an adult that a family member, David A. Wade, Jr., 38 of...

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 11:08am

    COUNTERFEITERS CAUGHT IN JONES COUNTY

     

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – After receiving valuable tips and anonymous information, Jones County Sheriff’s Investigators, and members of the Crime Suppression Unit, executed a search warrant at a residence on Clark Cemetery Road on February 5, 2016. ...

  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 4:06pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – The Jones County Sheriff’s Department thanks the community for the outpouring of information and assistance with the search for Joseph Lamar “Mikey” Wormser.  Wormser was wanted in connection with a commercial burglary in South Jones County, which occurred in December 2014.

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  • Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 2:09pm

    In late October 2015, Jones County Sheriff’s Investigators received a law enforcement referral packet from the Department of Human Services containing information of possible sexual abuse by a family member of 3 minors.  The suspected perpetrator, Charles Brunet, 75 of Laurel.

     

    The investigation began with...

  • Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 4:30pm

    On December 31, 2015, approximately 12: 30AM,  Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the 100 block of Houston Road for a situation described as an assault.  When deputies arrived, Willie James Newell, 65 and owner of the residence, was found deceased.

     

    The victim was found by his daughter and her...

  • Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 4:29pm

    On January 2, 2016, Volunteer Fire Units from Sandersville and Rustin responded to a call at the 100 block of John Sauls Road, of a fully involved house fire. While extinguishing the blaze, the deceased body of Carl Mixon, owner of the residence, was discovered in the home. 

     

    Jones County Fire Investigator Sgt. Scott...

  • Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 4:26pm

    On January 4, 2016 Jones County Deputies were dispatched to a suspected assault between a husband and wife.  Upon arrival, deputies found the victim and Charles Ray Walker, 47 of Laurel, at the home.  After an on-site investigation, Walker was taken into custody and transported to the Jones County Adult Detention Center.

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  • Friday, December 18, 2015 - 3:36pm

    On December 18, 2015, just after Midnight, Jones County Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Thiac Drive, a home they had visited less than a week prior. A third party informed Dispatch a fight was in progress, once again between Pitipong Daengbunga, 31, and his wife.  When deputies arrived they witnessed Daengbunga and the victim in...

  • Friday, October 30, 2015 - 3:49pm

    On Friday, October 30, 2015, Jones County Sheriff’s deputies were conducting a driver’s license checkpoint at Highway 529 and Forest Holifield Road.  A dark colored vehicle abruptly turned into a church parking lot and fled back on Highway 529 South.  The vehicle attempted to elude deputies while trying to throw out...

  • Friday, September 11, 2015 - 9:29am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On Sunday, September 6, 2015, Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Houston Road in reference to an aggravated assault.  When deputies arrived they discovered the adult female victim had been transported to the hospital.

     

    From the hospital the victim gave deputies her...

  • Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 8:16am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a residence in western Jones County on a complaint of sexual battery.  The father of a 12 year old male victim reported inappropriate behavior between his son and a priest who previously worked in Jones County, Father...

  • Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 8:17am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On July 27, 2015 the Jones County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint from the mother of a 6 year old male, stating she had just discovered her son had been molested by a family friend.  The mother told how her son revealed he had been inappropriately touched on two different occasions, by...

  • Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 1:15pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call regarding a possible burglary at Centerville Baptist Church, occurring early on Saturday, September 5, 2015.  Surveillance cameras captured the image of a man breaking into a storage building behind the church. 

     

    The...

  • Friday, August 21, 2015 - 3:11pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – While on duty at a local high school football game, Jones County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Monk received a bizarre phone call from a female asking to buy marijuana.  At first he thought it was a prank call, but quickly realized she was completely serious.

     

    Rikki Blackwell, 27 of...

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 9:45am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – Stacey G. Bryant, 39 of Ellisville, was taken into custody on Monday, July 27, 2015 and charged with Conspiracy to Commit Embezzlement.  In the ongoing investigation involving Steven McLeod, who was charged with Embezzlement, Jones County Sheriff’s Investigators discovered evidence that Bryant had...

  • Friday, August 21, 2015 - 3:29pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On Saturday, August 15, 2015, Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the 200 block of George Boutwell Road in Laurel for a burglary.  The homeowner came home and saw that two handguns and an air conditioner were missing from the residence.  After speaking with the victim an eye-...

  • Friday, August 21, 2015 - 3:21pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – The Jones County Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division had received a great deal of information on a local methamphetamine dealer.  On Thursday, August 20, 2015, a traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle with an expired tag belonging to Jonathan Holifield, 27 of Laurel, the known...

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 11:10am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On Monday, August 17, 2015, Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies made contacted with a teenage male at a county high school. The juvenile had been reported as a missing. When deputies questioned the young male, he stated he did not want to return home because his mother kept narcotics at the residence.

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  • Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 9:22am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On Friday, August 14, 2015, just hours after the Jones County Sheriff’s Department asked the public for help in the search for Daniel Perry, 31 of Sandersville, a concerned citizen contacted investigators and provided information as to his location.

     

    Perry was wanted after he was found...

  • Monday, August 17, 2015 - 10:49am

    In August 2015, the Department of Human Services received a complaint from the maternal grandmother of a 2 year old, with suspicion of child abuse.  The grandmother claimed she had picked up the victim from the victim’s father, James F. Baker, 24 of Laurel, and noticed excessive bruising on the child’s buttocks and right leg....

  • Friday, August 14, 2015 - 11:12am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – Over the past several months, the Jones County Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Investigators have been involved in an ongoing investigation of the distribution of illegal drugs in the Hebron and Soso area.  171 Summerland Road was identified on multiple occasions as a likely source location of...

  • Monday, August 10, 2015 - 3:12pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On Sunday, August 9, 2015, Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies were conducting a drivers’ license checkpoint on Old Palestine Church Road when a vehicle came to the location.  As deputies approached, they noticed the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  The passenger, Cory...

  • Friday, August 7, 2015 - 3:25pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – Jones County Sheriff’s Investigators were tipped off about a supposed “snitch list” that was created with the intentions of being shared on social media through private groups.  The list contained information of so-called “snitches” providing information about criminal...

  • Friday, August 7, 2015 - 3:24pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On Wednesday night, August 5, 2015, Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies were on patrol in Ovett and spotted a motorcycle parked behind a local business.  They observed a man, Jerry Wayne Graham, 48 of Ovett, looking around the closed business.  The deputies approached the man and he appeared to be...

  • Friday, August 7, 2015 - 3:30pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On Thursday, August 6, 2015, a routine traffic stop on Highway 84 West ended in arrest when Mea Knight, 34 of Taylorsville and Vincent Newell, 21 of Laurel, were found to be in possession of methamphetamines.  When the pair was pulled over, deputies determined cause for a search of the vehicle.  A...

  • Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 3:14pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On July 18, 2015, Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Guthrie Carter Road, where it was reported three people had broken into the home and assaulted two of the residents.

     

    The male victim stated he was lying in bed when Jonathan Drennan, 32 of Ellisville,...

  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 11:46am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On June 06, 2015 Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of burglaries on the 200 block of Reid Road in Jones County.  Over $1,300 of electronics and other items were reported missing.

     

    During the investigation, it was determined that Christopher Zachery “Zack”...

  • Monday, July 13, 2015 - 11:28am

    On Saturday, July 11, 2015, at approximately 1:00AM, several volunteer fire units from District 1 were dispatched to the 5100 block of Highway 84 West.  As the units arrived and were able extinguish the fire, it became apparent the nature of the blaze was suspicious.  The residential fire is currently under investigation.

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  • Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 3:53pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – During a Fourth of July fireworks celebration a pet blue heeler belonging to Joe Irwin, ran away from his residence.  Irwin’s daughter made posts on social media of the dog’s disappearance.  She was contacted by Troy “Slim Goodies” Cooley, Jr, 19 of Laurel. Cooley stated he had...

  • Monday, July 6, 2015 - 9:41am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On Friday, July 3, 2015, at approximately 7:15AM, a female filed a report with the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, claiming she discovered her boyfriend, Luis Alvarado, 24, was having sexual intercourse with her 7 year old daughter. 

     

    Deputies were dispatched to the 100 block...

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 2:16pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – Richard C. Bates, 21 of Laurel, along with two juveniles, both age 17, are being charged with two incidents that took place late Sunday, June 28, 2015 through early Monday, June 29, 2015. 

     

    Jones County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Highway 15 North, Fast Stop convenience...

  • Friday, June 26, 2015 - 3:46pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – Bartley I. Clark, 17 of New Augusta, and Nicholas Overstreet, 16 or Ellisville, have been charged as adults with Grand Larceny.  Each male has two charges against them connected with the theft of two four wheelers from a Moselle address the first of April, 2015.  The investigation into the thefts,...

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 11:29am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – Lisa Carter, 52 of Seminary, turned herself in to authorities at the Jones County Adult Detention Center on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

    Carter was wanted for 17 counts of Animal Cruelty/Neglect (MS Code 97-41-7 If any person shall confine, or cause to be confined, in any stable, lot, or other place, any...

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 3:06pm

    JONES COUNTY, MS – Roberts Stringer, II, a 26 year-old male of the 400 block of Highway 33, Soso, has been charged with 14 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.  This investigation has been ongoing since the first week of April 2015.  Stringer’s charges are in connection with the downloading of illegal pornographic...

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 2:48pm

    JONES COUNTY, MS –  On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, Jones County Deputies were dispatched to Dacetown Road for a call on an assault with a gun.

     

    When deputies arrived, the complainant told that she and some friends had stopped by the residence of Kenneth Pruitt, 35 of Laurel, when he became irate.  Pruitt pulled...

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 3:07pm

    JONES COUNTY, MS – On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a Community Service Road Crew to arrest Rayford Manning, 27 of Ellisville.  Manning is wanted for taking a substantial amount of automotive parts from a residence on Glade Baptist Church Road.  The incident has been under...

  • Friday, May 1, 2015 - 2:44pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On Friday, May 1, 2015, Jones County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested George Shoemake, 55 of Laurel, with a charge of Grand Larceny.

     

    On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, a complaint was filed by a family member that Shoemake was believed to have stolen several items from a residence on Reid...

  • Friday, May 1, 2015 - 2:46pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On Friday, May 1, 2015, Jones County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Holly Nicole Varner, 25 of Laurel, on two counts of Identity Theft.  As the investigation continues, it is believed further felony charges are pending. 

     

    In the course of executing this arrest warrant,...

  • Monday, April 20, 2015 - 9:50am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI –  Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators responded to a call of child abuse at 905 Laurelwood Circle, Laurel on Saturday, April 18, 2015. 

     

    After receiving a tip from a concerned citizen, a brief investigation followed, resulting in the arrest of Suzzie Pearson, 24...

  • Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 9:32am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On Monday, April 13, 2015 Karen Buffington, 31 of Laurel, called Central Dispatch with a complaint of a Domestic Disturbance. When Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on the scene the suspect, Allan Maddox, 33 of Laurel, had fled the residence.  Buffington told deputies she had been beaten and...

  • Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 9:31am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On Monday, April 13, 2015, the son of a potential victim contacted the Jones County Sheriff’s Department with concerns his mother was being taken advantage of financially.  The son reported checking his mother’s mail and discovering her bank statement with several discrepancies.  It was...

  • Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 3:43pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – In a joint effort between the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Marshals Service, Laurel Police Department, Ellisville Police Department and the Mississippi Department of Corrections, a wide spread “Recorded Address Visit” was made on registered sex offenders.  The agencies...

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 2:00pm

    On Friday, March 27, 2015 at 5:59AM , a call came in to Central Dispatch stating an armed robbery had occurred on Highway 15 South at Tucker’s Crossing.  John Henry Edwards, II, 30 from Richton, reported he had left his place of employment and was driving home.  He stated an unmarked vehicle with blue lights pulled him over....

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 1:58pm

    Ellisville Police Department’s Investigator Christy Carona contacted the Jones County Sheriff’s Department’s Investigator Tonya Madison on Thursday, March 26, 2015 concerning a possible kidnapping that had taken place in the city limits of Ellisville and alleged subsequent rape that was to have taken place in the county....

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 11:14am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On Monday, March 30, 2015, Deputy Jody White was dispatched to an address on Houston Road after a call came in describing a dire situation for five children.  Once on the scene, Deputy White heard from several complaintants that Jasmine Clinton, 25 of Laurel, had left her children alone in an apartment....

  • Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 3:07pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – Late night on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, Jones County Deputies were dispatched to a local convenience store near the Township Road address where a possible disturbance had occurred.  Cherokee Hawk and Adam Hill told Deputy Matthew Bailey of a frightening scene that had just taken place at the residence they...

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 3:27pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – Late Sunday night Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies were conducting a routine traffic stop in the Hoy Community.  A vehicle occupied by 18 year old Devon Pruitt and a 16 year old male juvenile were met under suspicious circumstances.  After a brief roadside investigation, deputies located and...

  • Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 1:04pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On Monday, March 2, 2015, Jones County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a residence just off of Highway 15 South, Laurel.   Deputies had been advised that a victim had been assaulted.  When the deputy arrived he met a male and female victim, residents of the home.  The victims...

  • Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:41am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – Jones County Sheriff’s Department and school officials are searching for a stolen Jones County School District school bus.

     

    On the morning of Tuesday, March 3, 2015 school officials became aware of a bus missing from Northeast Jones High School.  Bus 156 had been driven through a...

  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 9:55am

    ELLISVILLE, MISSISSIPPI – Following a four month investigation, a suspect has been arrested and charged with two counts of Arson and one count of Burglary.  Jessie David Blackledge, 32, of Ellisville was arrested on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 by the Jones County Sheriff’s Department’s Fire Investigator, Sgt. Scott Gable....

  • Monday, February 9, 2015 - 11:10am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On Saturday, February 7, 2015 Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to 13 Theo’s Road for a disturbance call.  Jamie Blackledge reported her husband, James Blackledge, 27, had kicked in the door, and made threats at gunpoint, all in the presence of her children.  James then left...

  • Friday, January 23, 2015 - 4:49pm

     

    January 23, 2015

    LAUREL, MISSISSIPPI – Erik B. Walton, Jr., 23, of Laurel is behind bars after what some would call a torturous January 21, 2015 evening.

     

    Walton’s girlfriend reported the abuse after she transported herself and was treated at a local hospital.  Medical...

  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 11:20am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – A four and a half month relationship turns into an abusive situation after Arthur Tyrone “Ty” Edison, Jr. bit, kicked and hit his girlfriend for not being home when he came by to see her.

     

    The victim stated Edison, 34 from Soso, had come by her house on his break from work....

  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 4:58pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – At 8:00 Monday morning, February 9, 2015, Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Magnolia Motel for the report of a missing 13 year old female.  The juvenile’s mother stated she hadn’t seen her since the night before.  While giving a description of the juvenile it was...

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:10pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – The Jones County Sheriff’s Department Deputies, Narcotics Officers and Investigators have been busy clearing up the drugs from Jones County and in the process solved an almost two week old burglary.  The following is recap of the drug arrests and the specific drug arrest related to the solving...

  • Monday, February 23, 2015 - 4:47pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – Christopher Joe Dennis, 34 of Laurel,  was being sought by Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies in relation to burglary and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon charges.  On the evening of Saturday, February 21, 2015, the Jones County Sheriff’s Department received information that Dennis...

  • Monday, February 9, 2015 - 8:38am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – Four Jones County teens were involved in a tragic vehicle accident on the afternoon of Friday, February 6, 2015.  At 2:34pm the Jones County Sheriff’s Department and other emergency responders were dispatched to the scene of the accident on Rose Lane in the Calhoun Community.

     

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  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 8:02am

    JONES COUNTY, MS – On Saturday evening, May 23, 2015, Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Hopson Traylor Road for a disturbance.  The complainant called from a neighbor’s home and reported her husband, Mark C. Jones, 37 of Laurel, had attempted to stab her with a knife.  While enroute,...

  • Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 10:51am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – Jones County Sheriff’s Department has apprehended both burglary suspects involved in a brief manhunt following at least two residential burglaries on May 22, 2015.

     

    Fredrick Lee Jordan, II, 39 of Petal, and Alonzo Tanksley, 47 of Hattiesburg, were apprehended just hours after deputies...

  • Monday, October 5, 2015 - 11:11am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – On Friday night, October 2, 2015 Jones County Deputies responded to a complaint of Domestic Violence on Lower Myrick Road.  Deputies met with Trishalen Butts, 25 of Laurel, at a location near the residence where the incident took place.  Mrs. Butts reported the altercation between her husband, Rion...

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 2:43pm

    HATTIESBURG, MS – Kyle Mauldin, a former pharmacist in Laurel, appeared in Federal Court in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 for sentencing, following his guilty plea of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.

     

    Judge Keith Starett sentenced Mauldin to 48...

  • Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 3:04pm

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – Following several man-hours and an exhaustive investigation, the Jones County Sheriff’s Department made a significant drug seizure, that in essence removed approximately 180 lbs. of marijuana from being distributed in Jones County.  The bust happened around 11:45am on Thursday, June 25, 2015. ...

  • Monday, July 20, 2015 - 2:37pm

    On Friday, July 17, 2015, an affidavit was signed, pressing charges against Stephen Wayne McLeod, 41 of Ellisville.  McLeod was being accused of stealing $4,950.00, the funds from a softball team he had formed.

     

    Near the end of May 2015, McLeod approached a group of parents about starting a fast pitch softball team for...

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 10:24am

    JONES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI – The Jones County Sheriff’s Department’s Fire Investigator, Sgt. Scott Gable, has completed the investigation into a house fire that occurred in the 100 Block of Williams Road in Laurel on Sunday, July 19, 2015. It has been determined the fire was caused by a light fixture in the back of the home, it...

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 3:26pm

    Jones County Sheriff’s Department Investigators are searching for an unidentified woman who is suspected of stealing the identity of a local resident.  The suspect obtained private information and obtained a fraudulent bankcard in the victim’s name.  The suspect was then caught on store surveillance using the fraudulent...

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