Valdosta Man Arrested for Forgery, Identity Theft

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

Release from the Valdosta Police Department:

After a two-week investigation by the Valdosta Police Department Property Crimes Unit, Detectives June Bidwell and June Owens have filed charges on James Woodruff, originally from the State of Wisconsin. Detectives began investigating cases earlier in December regarding multiple reports of forged checks where Woodruff opened bank accounts in other person’s names and passed forged checks in Valdosta. Bidwell and Owens also determined that Woodruff stole a vehicle from Lee Auto Sales in Valdosta and attempted to trade the vehicle in Panama City, Florida. After obtaining arrest warrants and issuing a multi-state lookout, Panama City Police contacted the Valdosta Police Department and advised that Woodruff was in-custody on warrants obtained by Bidwell and Owens. Bidwell and Owens responded to Panama City to interview Woodruff and obtained a confession from Woodruff. Both detectives also obtained evidence to link Woodruff to crimes in Wisconsin, Illinois, Arkansas, South Carolina, and multiple cities in Georgia and Florida. The police department is now working closely with those states and cities regarding investigating crimes in those jurisdictions.

“This has been a significant arrest of an offender who has been committing crimes all across the country. Since beginning the investigation, Detectives Bidwell and Owens helped recover over $30,000 in stolen property and funds. It should also be noted that this case was able to be solved because of the cooperation and help of law enforcement in multiple states and throughout the State of Georgia. It was a tremendous team effort” stated Commander Brian Childress

Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145 or can remain anonymous at 229-293-3091.


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