Police seek suspect for identity theft
Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 8, 2007
Greenville police are looking for a suspect believed to have used another man's name and identification when he was arrested on drug possession charges last year.
Albert A. Hawthorne, a 50-year-old resident of Brunswick, Ga., filed a report with the Greenville Police Department on Feb. 14. Hawthorne, who is from Greenville, advised police that someone had been using his name and social security number since he lost his wallet and driver's license in 2005.
A man using Hawthorne's name and identity was arrested on Jan. 24, 2006 and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Lt. Garry Martin said when Hawthorne filed the report he immediately went to the Butler County Jail and retrieved a mug shot of the individual police had arrested a year before.
“The subject that had been booked was not the same person,” said Martin.
Additionally, Lt. Ezell Powell verified Hawthorne's identity, said Martin.
“My main concern was getting things straightened out and getting Mr. Hawthorne's name cleared,” said Martin.
Martin said he knows the last name of the suspect is “James” and he lives outside of Greenville. He said as soon as the offender's identity is known warrants will be issued for giving a false name to law enforcement. The suspect weights approximately 160 pounds, is six foot tall and has brown eyes and gray hair.
Hawthorne, who is a minister, said his reputation has suffered because of the stolen identity.
“I wouldn't think it would have happened but it did,” he said.