Identity theft suspect arrested

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 2, 2017

An Andalusia man is in jail after being arrested for identity theft. The Andalusia Police Department arrested Michael D. Giles, 44, and charged him with four counts of identity theft, 10 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and one count of theft of property first degree. He is being held in the Covington County Jail under a $200 thousand dollar bond.

APD Investigator Cody Warren said Giles opened the victim’s mail, and using a credit card offer, opened a credit card account using the victim’s identity. He purchased more than $2,500 of items with the card.

The investigation is continuing, he said.

Warren reminded citizens to take steps to safeguard their mail and identity, including email. Residents are encouraged to shred all mail with any personal information on it so it can’t be used against by thieves.

If you believe you are a victim of identity theft, contact the Andalusia Police Department at 334-222-1155.