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(Editor's Note: The following story by Assistant Editor Steve Beavers first appeared in the Independent Appeal. It is being reprinted with permission.)

SELMER, Tenn. -- Two men face multiple charges involving identity theft.

Jesse Roland of 1187 Dee Moore Road, Selmer, Tenn., and Jon Wesley Alexander of 2816 Antioch Road, Randolph, Miss. are each jailed on $50,000 bond in the McNairy County Jail.

The pair face six charges in McNairy County, Tenn., an aggravated arson charge in Sweetwater, Tenn. and other charges in Mississippi, including a burglary charge in Tishomingo County after items were linked to a county Road 208 residence in Burnsville.

"The more we dug, the more we found," said Steve Ellsworth, an investigator with the McNairy County's Sheriff's Office.

Roland, 24, and Alexander, 23, were arrested in Tupelo, Miss. and extradited to McNairy County. They face charges of theft of property, identity theft victim rights, criminal impersonation, forgery and aggravated burglary in the county.

Ellsworth said the two men broke into Roland's grandfather's house and shop. They took keys to other homes of Roland's family where they stole their personal information.

The two charged 17 items on a family member's account, totaling $6,138.

"They were pulling money out of direct deposit accounts," said Ellsworth.

When arrested Roland and Alexander were found in possession of seven BancorpSouth bank statements from Burnsville, Miss. along with numerous half dollars and gold dollars.

Three BancorpSouth credit cards, a HP laptop computer, a checkbook and seven pages of bank statements were also part of the items recovered.

They also had new cellphones purchased in Sweetwater with stolen information.

"The kept tremendous records in several books," said Ellsworth. "They had everything you could think of written down."

Ellsworth said close to 10 people are victims in the case.

McNairy County Sheriff Guy Buck said he is proud of the Ellsworth's effort.

"He kept digging and didn't stop with an easy charge," said Buck.
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