A Dothan man received a 15-year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to over a dozen felony crimes in connection to multiple vehicle break-ins at Westgate Park.
Assistant Houston County District Attorney Banks Smith said 37-year-old Derrick Oliver pleaded guilty to 16 felony charges including breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, credit card fraud and first-degree identity theft.
“He broke into a bunch of cars at Westgate (park) and the way they caught them they were able to pull video from around town when the cards were being used,” Smith said. “A Sears employee who became suspicious (after a purchase) walked outside and got the tag number and once they had the tag number they were able to put it all together.”
Court records show Oliver pleaded guilty to first-degree identity theft, two counts of illegal possession of a credit card, eight counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and five counts of unlawful breaking and entering of a motor vehicle.
Smith said Oliver received a 15-year prison sentence from Circuit Court Judge Kevin Moulton for the identity theft charge, and 10 years each for the rest of the charges. Smith said the court ordered all the 10-year sentences to run concurrently with the 15-year sentence for one 15-year sentence.
Dothan police investigators originally arrested Oliver and his wife, 39-year-old Nicole Flowerdew, in August 2014 in connection to the vehicle break-ins and credit card fraud cases.
Court records show Flowerdew pleaded guilty in December 2014 to a half dozen felony charges, which included first-degree identity theft, two counts of illegal possession of a credit card and three counts of second-degree receiving stolen property.
Records show Flowerdew received a 30-month sentence for the charges, which was suspended for 36 months of probation.
Dothan Police Maj. Steve Parrish told the Eagle most of the crime occurred after the vehicle doors had been unlocked, but in some cases the windows of other locked vehicles were broken in order to gain access to property such as purses. He said it resulted in fraudulent use of the victims’ credit cards almost immediately after the break-ins.
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