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The Pike County Sheriff’s Office, E-911 and jail are housed in a combined building which was originally built in the late 1800s or early 1900s (back part) with additions made in the 1970s and 1990s. Sheriff Jimmy Thomas said nearly every grand jury in his 22 years of service have suggested improvements to or a new jail for the county.

PCSO makes identity theft arrest

Pike County Sheriff’s investigators travelled to Newton and Rockdale counties Nov. 20 to arrest Jennifer Johnson, 35, from Covington.

A citizen of Pike County had reported being the victim of identity theft in which Johnson had made purchases using the victim’s identity and attempted to open various lines of credit. Investigators were able to track down Johnson and use store camera footage to identify her as the suspect.

Numerous false drivers licenses and passport identification cards were found on Johnson at the time of her arrest. These documents are believed to be from additional identity theft victims. Investigators are working to notify the appropriate jurisdictions for possible additional charges.

Johnson was also wanted out of Cherokee County for identity theft. She is currently in the Pike County jail awaiting a bond hearing and her charges will include identity theft and two counts of attempted identity theft.

“We would like to remind citizens to keep a frequent check on your credit report for unauthorized accounts as identity theft is one of the most frequently reported crimes,” said Pike County Sheriff’s Office investigator Maj. David Neal.

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