CAPTURED: Authorities Are Searching For Two Con Artists

CAPTURED:  Thanks to an observant citizen in Palm Bay, Florida who spotted these two individuals, the truck and the camper in a Walmart parking lot.  The citizen called the local police and the pair were taken into custody.  Once again, help from the community has made it possible for two criminals to be taken off the street.  The pair now face charges in Palm Bay, Florida as well as multiple other states.  

On May 18, 2022, Criminal Investigators with the Dothan Police Department signed felony warrants for two con artists traveling through our area.  On May 10, 2022, Joshua William Matheny and Mary Jane Matheny were traveling in a dually pick-up truck pulling a fifth-wheel camper.  The pair stopped at the Marathon Station in the 2400 block of Reeves Street and purchased $578.00 worth of fuel.  They provided the clerk with a fraudulent credit card prior to pumping the fuel then left, leaving behind the fraudulent card.  Through the course of the investigation, it has been discovered the pair have conducted similar activities in the surrounding area, as well as other states.  Both are wanted for various felony crimes in multiple states.  They were last known to be traveling in the dually pick-up truck pictured below, pulling the fifth-wheel camper pictured also.  It has been confirmed the dually pick-up truck is stolen.

Anyone with information related to the whereabouts of these two individuals or the whereabouts of the pick-up truck or camper are asked to contact your nearest law enforcement agency or the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000.

Joshua and Mary Matheny
Dodge Dually and Fifth-Wheel Camper
Joshua Matheny
Joshua, Truck and Camper

Man Charged with Theft of a Vehicle

On May 14, 2022, Phillip Gregory Sloan got into a vehicle and drove away without the knowledge of the owner while in the parking lot of a business in the 300 block of Columbia Highway.   The owner, who observed their vehicle leaving without their knowledge, requested a ride from a stranger and had the stranger follow their stolen vehicle while they called 911.  Within minutes, officers were able to conduct a traffic stop on the victim’s vehicle and take Sloan into custody.  There was no connection between Sloan and the owner of the vehicle.

Phillip Gregory Sloan, 30 years old, of Slocomb, was charged with Theft of Property First Degree.  His bond was set at $30,000.00.

Phillip Gregory Sloan – Theft of Property First Degree

 

Man Charged with Breaking into Vehicles and Theft of Property

On 4/23/2022 and 4/24/2022, two vehicles were broken into in the 1900 block of Melba Drive in Dothan.  Around the same time, some power equipment was taken from the yard of a residence in the 1900 block of Melba Drive.  Investigators have now charged 21 year old Davion Datron Turner, of Dothan, with two counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle and one count of Theft of Property Second Degree.  His bond is set at $45,000.00.

Davion Datron Turner – Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle X2, Theft of Property Second Degree X1

Webb Man Charged With Multiple Counts Of Identity Theft

On March 30, 2022, Jonathan Tyler Grantham, 28 years-old of Webb, AL was charged with several counts of identity theft.   Grantham obtained the victim’s personal and banking information then proceeded to make several online purchases as well as made payments on some of his personal accounts.  At this point in the investigation, it is not clear how Grantham obtained the victim’s information, but it is believed that he did not act alone.  The investigation is ongoing and more arrests may be possible.

Currently, Grantham has been charged with 15 counts of Identity Theft.  His bond is $225,000.00.

Jonathan Tyler Grantham – 15 Counts of Identity Theft

Unauthorized Test Drive Leads To Arrest

On March 11, 2022, an employee of a car lot located in the 3000 block of South Oates Street witnessed an individual being dropped off in their parking lot.  The individual quickly got into a vehicle sitting on the lot and drove away at a high rate of speed.  This unapproved test drive was immediately recognized as a vehicle theft in progress and the Dothan Police Department was notified.  Within minutes, officers located the stolen vehicle traveling on East Main Street.  A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle and the driver was taken into custody.

Jeremy Jermaine Dortch, 40 years old of Dothan was charged with one count of Theft of Property first degree.  His bond was set at $30,000.00.

Man Charged for Stealing Mowers from Local Business

On October 17, 2020, Dothan Police Investigators made an arrest in a recent theft from Rural King in Dothan.  It was discovered after the investigation that between October 10 and October 16, 2020 the suspect, Andrew Borener, went to Rural King after business hours.  While at the business, Borener stole a Husqvarna zero turn lawn mower and a Bad Boy brand zero turn lawn mower on two different occasions.  Borener was identified after also filling out a job application with the business for employment.  More charges may be forthcoming.

Andrew Lucas Borener (28) of Dothan has been charged with two counts of Theft of Property 1st degree with bonds totaling $60,000.

Andrew Borener- Two counts of Theft of Property 1st Degree

 

Vehicle Theft Arrest

The Dothan Police arrested Alec Killingsworth (18)  for the theft of a pickup truck from the 100 blk of Camellia Court on 2/28/2020. The owner was able to provide video evidence that was posted on the department’s Facebook. Investigators were able to work the tips and charged Mr. Killingsworth with Theft of Property 1st Degree. He is currently being held in the Houston County Jail.

Son Used Hatchet on Mother During Argument

The Dothan Police responded to the 1000 block of Woodlawn in reference to a domestic violence call. When officers arrived, they found a victim with hatchet wounds on the head and arm.  The suspect is Brandon Holmes (26) the son of the victim.  After the assault, Holmes tried to steal a car but was apprehended by police.  Holmes  is being charged with Attempted Murder and Attempted Theft of Property 1st and is being held on no bond. The victim is being treated for serious but  non-life threating injuries.

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

 

Suspect in Early Morning Theft and Chase in Custody

On Tuesday July 23, 2019 Dothan Police Officers attempted to stop a Chevrolet pick-up truck in the area of Murphy Mill Road for a traffic violation. The driver of the truck fled from officers pulling a utility trailer. The driver drove through the yard of a nearby residence causing damage to the residence and fence. The suspect ended up in a wooded area on Riveredge Parkway in Dothan, leaving the truck and trailer and set out into the woods on foot.

Officers searched the area with help from the Dale County Sheriff’s Office, Wiregrass Aviation Support Program, Houston County Sheriff’s Department, ALEA Investigators and Alabama State Troopers. During the search officers located several other pieces of stolen property from the Dothan area. Two more utility trailers and a lawn mower were discovered that had been stolen from a nearby church. In the bed of the truck were numerous stolen items from a recent burglary in Geneva County to include several firearms, televisions, tools, and electronics.

The suspect was not located until several hours later when a resident in the 200 block of Riveredge Parkway returned home and saw a pair of feet sticking out from under a bed in the home. Police responded to the residence to investigate. With the idea that this was the suspect from this morning a Police K9 was deployed into the hose after verbal warnings were given. After no response the K9 searched the residence and encountered the suspect in a bedroom and apprehended the suspect by biting him in the right bicep.

The suspect was identified as 44 year old white male Jason Dewayne Creel of Dothan. He was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries from the Police K9.

Once the suspect was in custody the resident noticed that their family dog, a mixed breed lab/bulldog, was missing from the home. The dog was located under the deck at the rear of the home. The dog had been stabbed by the suspect multiple times in the throat. The family dog, Buddy, did not survive this attack. Creel later admitted to police that the dog “came at him” so he stabbed him with his pocket knife.

Creel, wet and dirty from his time in the wooded area removed his clothes and hid them in a closet. He helped himself to food and drink from the refrigerator. Creel also logged into the family computer and watched pornography until he finally crawled under a bed and fell asleep until awoken by Dothan Police K9 Xander.

Jason Dewayne Creel is charged with three counts of Theft of Property 1st degree, one count of Receiving Stolen Property 1st degree, one count of Burglary 3rd degree, one count of Aggravated Animal Cruelty, and Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess Firearms. He is being held with no bond in this case.

This investigation is ongoing and additional charges will be forthcoming.

 

Two Arrested in Northside Academy Theft

On April 6, 2019 a Burglary and Theft occurred at Northside Methodist Academy in 2600 block of Redmond Road. It was determined that a U-Haul van had entered the property and left with several items totaling over $20,000.  On April 8, 2019 the U-Haul van was located in the back yard of a residence located in the 2600 block of Timothy Road along with some of the property taken during the theft.  After further investigation, W/M Andrew Phillips was arrested and charged with two counts of Theft of Property 1st and Burglary 3rd.  An additional charge of Domestic violence 2nd that occurred on August 6, 2018 in the 3000 block of Evans Dr and Breaking and Entering a Motor vehicle that occurred in 200 block of Petunia Dr.

Along with Phillips, W/M Tevin Coffman was also charged with Theft of Property 1st and Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle.

Andrew Phillips has bonds totaling $92,500.00.

Tevin Coffman has bonds totaling $7,500.00.

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