Athens Review, Athens, Texas

July 5, 2013

Pair faces theft counts

Chandler man, woman indicted

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

ATHENS — The Henderson County Grand Jury returned indictments against a man and woman arrested for allegedly using credit card information stolen from an Athens mailbox to make mail order purchases.

Ryan Gregory Lee, 33, of Chandler was indicted on eight counts of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information and a single count of credit or debit card abuse.

Wanda Cannon Andrews, 37, of Chandler was indicted on seven counts of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information. She was also indicted on one count of forgery of a financial document and a single count of forgery of a government document.

Lee and Andrews were arrested after an Athens Police Department investigation into thefts from several mail boxes in August 2012. Checks and documents with credit card information were removed from several residences and used to purchase items at retail stores, inside and outside of the county. The numbers were also traced to other purchases online.

According to APD, the case turned when one of the residents in the southeast section of Athens put his mail out  and placed the red flag in the up position which informs the carrier that there is outgoing mail at that location.

Later in the day, the postal carrier making his route saw the flag up, but the mailbox was empty. The carrier notified the homeowner of the discrepancy. The owner called the police.

Reports state the resident recalled that one of the items that had been placed in the box was a check. Investigators  monitored the bank account until the check came through, then noted the location to which the check had been sent. They also noted that the check was used to purchase an item to be delivered to a residence on South Gun Barrel Lane.

APD Detective Cpl. James Bonnette pulled up pictures of Lee and Andrews, who live at the location. The picture of Lee matched the appearance of the person found on surveillance video making the fraudulent transactions.

APD was assisted in the case by Gun Barrel City PD, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office and the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office.