Shopping spree lands 2 in jail

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 20, 2010

One can assume a county jail orange jumpsuit wasn’t on the shopping list for a couple caught Wednesday after allegedly using a stolen credit card at a local department store.

Ryan P. Clark, 28, of Dothan, and Angela Marie Craddock, 30, of Slocomb, were detained by Andalusia police officers at approximately 9 p.m., after the couple tried to use the stolen card at Maurices.

The kicker – the couple allegedly presented it to the same person who reported it stolen from a home break-in earlier that day.

Sheriff Dennis Meeks said when the card owner, who lives in the county jurisdiction, informed officers of the use of card, deputies were called to the scene to transport the pair for questioning.

During their interview with Investigator Ted Motley, another burglary – this one on Open Pond Road – was reported.

“Deputies responded and determined that some of the items in the (couple’s) vehicle were similar to items missing,” he said. “While on patrol in the area of Open Pond Road to try and locate some of the items stolen, deputies also made a security check on the Open Pond campground and discovered a campsite with items that matched some of the items reported stolen.”

The two are now charged with two counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of theft of property and eight counts of illegal possession of a stolen credit card. They were booked into the Covington County Jail and held under an $800,000 bond.

Additional charges are pending in the investigation, and the Dothan Police Department is also investigating these individuals for burglaries in their area, Meeks said.