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ACSO: ID theft case leads to chase, multiple charges

By Sheriff Josh Brockman
Adair County Sheriff's Office

In December, the Adair County Sheriff's Office initiated an investigation into the theft of personal identification information such as the social security number and other forms of ID of an Adair County resident.

Over the course of the investigation, deputies were able to work with the credit card company and identify retailers where the card was used. Deputies then were able to get video footage from the retailers and identify the person using the card. A warrant was sworn out for his arrest. However, the suspect didn't have a permanent residence, was staying at multiple places, and was eluding arrest.

On Sunday, January 17, 2021, the Sheriff's Office received information about the suspect's location, and deputies Brandon Hitch, Derek Padgett and Josh Durbin began searching an area 10 miles east of Columbia in the Sano community.

At around 1amCT they approached a residence off Marlo Campbell Road, and as they pulled in, a vehicle fled from the residence. Vehicle pursuit ensued. Deputies were able to bring the pursuit to a safe stop on Free Union Road, close to theRussell County line.

The suspect was arrested on the existing warrants as well as multiple additional charges stemming from the chase.

Brandon Jones, 35, of Columbia, was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of:
  • 1 Theft of identity. Felony
  • 2 Fleeing and evading police 1st degree. Felony
  • 3 Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree methamphetamine. Felony
  • 4 Possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • 5 Tampering with physical evidence. Felony
  • 6 Reckless driving
  • 7 Wanton endangerment 2nd. Felony
  • 8 Disregarding stop sign
  • 9 Failure to illuminate headlights
  • 10 Criminal littering
Sheriff Brockman assisted the deputies on scene. The Adair County Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation.

This story was posted on 2021-01-18 13:52:07
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