On Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at approximately 3:00 PM, officers responded to a theft call at a local business in the 3000 block of S. Oates Street. The suspect was attempting to leave the business with merchandise in his possession which he did not pay for. As an employee attempted to stop him, he began a physical confrontation with the employee over the merchandise. Officers arrived and were able to take the suspect into custody without further issue.
The suspect, identified as 30 year old William Edward Blizzard of Panama City Beach, FL, was charged with one count of Robbery Third degree and his bond was set at $15,000.00.
On Friday, August 11, 2023, at approximately 11:00 PM, officers responded to a strong-arm robbery at a local business in the 1900 block of S. Oates Street. An employee of the business stated the suspect entered the business and began concealing merchandise in his clothing. The employee attempted to stop the suspect when he began to leave without paying for the merchandise. The suspect pushed the employee out of the way and exited. Once outside, the employee attempted to stop the suspect again and the suspect assaulted the employee and fled on foot. Utilizing a K-9, officers were able to track the suspect to the rear of an adjacent business where he was found hiding in the bushes and taken into custody. The employee was not injured during this incident.
Jonathan Gregory Gunter, 37 years old of Dothan, was charged with one count of Robbery Third Degree. His bond was set at $15,000.00.
On Saturday, August 5, 2023, an Ozark man entered a business in the 2200 block of Ross Clark Circle and began concealing merchandise in his clothing. When employees attempted to confront the man, he attempted to exit the store with the merchandise without paying for it. While making his exit, the man grabbed the employees and pushed them down. A customer acting as a Good Samaritan was able to subdue the man outside the store and hold him until police arrived.
Andrew Lamont White, 55 years old of Ozark, was arrested and charged with Robbery Third Degree. His bond was set at $15,000.00.
Recently the Dothan Police Department has been investigating various reports of banking fraud. It was believed the individuals responsible for this were fraudulently obtaining information that allowed them to access individual’s bank accounts. During the early morning hours on Friday, May 19, 2023, patrol officers observed what appeared to be suspicious individuals at a local ATM. As officers began to investigate, they began to recognize signs of possible fraudulent activity. All circumstances led to a search warrant being executed at a local hotel where the out-of-town individuals were staying.
As of now, Edward Ben Noel, 23 years old, and Rodneil Dee Olewis, 24 years old, both from Pembroke, Florida, have each been charged with four counts of Theft of Property 2nd Degree and five counts of Theft of Property 3rd Degree. Both are currently being held with No Bond. This is an ongoing investigation, and we are currently attempting to determine if these individuals may be responsible for similar activities in surrounding areas.
On May 4, 2023, the Dothan Police Department responded to a burglary of an unoccupied residence in the 1300 block of Haisten Drive. While officers were taking the report, a burglary of an occupied residence was reported in the 1700 block of Haisten Drive. Officers located the described suspect leaving the area of the second burglary and detained him. At that time, property from the first burglary was located in his possession.
Shawn Wayne Whitaker, 38 years old of Dothan, was charged with one count of Burglary 2nd Degree, one count of Burglary 3rd Degree, and one count of Theft of Property 3rd Degree. His bond was set at $55,000.00.
On May 4, 2023, the Dothan Police Department began investigating a forged check that an individual cashed at a local bank. Later, the same individual attempted to cash a second forged check but was unsuccessful. It was determined the individual had provided a forged identification card with both checks. When contact was made with the individual, he was in possession of the forged identification card and a forged Alabama Conservation License. He was identified as 58 year-old Jeffrey Richard Doseck of Dothan.
Doseck was charged with two counts of Identity Theft, one count of Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd Degree, two count of Possession of a Forged Instrument 3rd Degree, and one count of Theft of Property 1st Degree. His bond was set was $40,00.00.
In November of 2021 the Dothan Police Department received a complaint from a victim alleging a private investigator in Dothan had taken advantage of them. As that was being investigated, an additional victim made a similar report. While investigating these claims additional victims came forward making similar allegations.
The facts and circumstances known about each victim was presented to the Houston County Grand Jury. The Houston County Grand Jury determined that there was sufficient evidence to move forward with prosecution and issued four indictments for Theft of Property by Deception 1st degree.
While the grand jury was convening, before the indictments were returned, another victim came forward reporting similar circumstances. For this case, a warrant for Theft of Property by Deception 1st degree was obtained.
On Monday, May 1, 2023, law enforcement executed search warrants at the residence of the private investigator in Wicksburg, Alabama as well as the office used for his business on West Main Street in Dothan.
While executing the search warrant in Wicksburg, the suspect, William (Bill) Lewis Robison Jr., 55 years old of Wicksburg, Alabama was taken into custody. He was booked into the Houston County Jail. His bond was set at $150,000.00.
The Dothan Police Department has been investigating an alleged theft of money reported by a local armored delivery service. It was reported that money was missing from deposits of several businesses they transport for. The armored delivery company conducted their own internal investigation and determined one single employee was responsible for the missing money which totaled several thousand dollars.
As a result of the Dothan Police Department’s investigation, on April 4, 2023, 50 year-old Terry Scott Brown of Dothan and a long-time employee of the business, was charged with one count of Theft of Property First Degree. His bond was set at $15,000.00.
On Monday 10/3/2022, at approximately 2:15 PM, a white male suspect entered a Jewelry Store inside Wiregrass Commons Mall posing as a potential customer. While looking at several pieces of diamond jewelry the clerk was showing him from the display case, the suspect snatched several pieces of the jewelry and ran out of the store. The suspect entered a black vehicle with dark tinted windows and the vehicle fled. Information was obtained during the investigation that made officers think the suspect and vehicle could possibly be from another state west of Alabama. This information was disseminated to all surrounding law enforcement agencies.
Several hours later, an alert deputy in Baldwin County, Alabama was looking for a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description while working on Interstate 10. The deputy stopped a vehicle that was later determined to be the suspect vehicle from Dothan, AL. The vehicle was occupied by two individuals: Colby Allen Ladnier, and Alberto Esquivel II, both of Houston, TX. A probable cause search of the vehicle led to the recovery of evidence related to the crime that occurred in Dothan earlier in the day. Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department had charges related to their encounter. Dothan Police Department will be obtaining warrants for both individuals for Theft of Property First Degree. It is unknown when Ladnier and Esquivel will be transferred to Dothan to be formally charged.
On Monday 10/3/2022, at approximately 2:15 PM, a white male suspect entered a Jewelry Store inside Wiregrass Commons Mall posing as a potential customer. While looking at several pieces of diamond jewelry the clerk was showing him from the display case, the suspect snatched several pieces of the jewelry and ran out of the store. The suspect entered a black SUV or Hybrid vehicle with dark tinted windows and a paper tag then drove away.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 334-793-7000. The Dothan Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help in an anonymous capacity.