Police: Pair attempted to buy car with stolen ID

Published 12:28 am Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Two local residents face multiple charges after attempting to purchase a vehicle using stolen identification and forged signatures.

Laura Glass

Laura Glass

John Jason Butts, 33, and Laura Nicole Glass, 31, both of Andalusia, were arrested on Saturday in connection with the attempted purchase of a vehicle through Enterprise Kia using stolen identification.

Representatives with Enterprise Kia became suspect that Butts was using a false identity when signing the documents. The dealership contacted the Andalusia Police Department, but Butts was able to flee on foot from the scene before police arrived.

John Jason Butts

John Jason Butts

On Saturday, Officer Sean O’ Rourke, Sgt. Jason Scruggs, and Officer Jeremy Lagraff. Glass, all of the APD, located Glass. Investigator Cody Warren was notified, and was able to locate Butts with the assistance of Covington County Sheriff’s Deputies Sgt. Paige Spivey and Deputy John Williamson.

Glass is believed to have obtained the identifying documents, forged checks belonging to the victim, and fraudulently used the victim’s debit card. She was charged with forgery second, identity theft; five counts of forgery third; eight counts of fraudulent use of a debit/credit card; and two counts of theft of property third. Bond was set at $180,000.

Butts was charged with forgery second; identity theft, and criminal impersonation. His bond totals $33,000.

Chief Paul Hudson and Investigator Warren would like to thank the APD’s A and C Shifts and the Covington County Sheriff’s Office for assisting in the apprehension of the suspects.

Warren also reminded the pubic to keep identifying documents close.

“This case is a prime example of how stealing someone’s identity can impact a victim in a short amount of time,” he said. “If you have been a victim of identity theft, contact your local authorities as soon as possible.”