Date: March 18, 2003 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

Winter Haven Man Charged with 78 Counts of ID Theft

PCSO Southwest District General Crimes detectives charged a Winter Haven man today with 50 felony and 28 misdemeanor charges after they found numerous fake driver's licenses, counterfeit checks, and stolen mail inside his vehicle. 

The identity theft case began after Lakeland Police responded to the Wal-Mart on US 98 North and arrested Glen Edward Snell, DOB 3/1/67, of 820 3rd Street Lake Ida in Winter Haven, on January 30, 2003, after he tried to pass a counterfeit check there.  Once Snell was in jail on 11 charges ranging from Probation Violations and Uttering a Forged Instrument, to Possession of Fictitious Driver's License and Grand Theft, PCSO detectives received  information about property within Snell's vehicle, a Jeep Cherokee, that he left parked in the Wal-Mart parking lot.  Inside the Jeep, detectives found the following:

  • Several checks belonging to numerous victims, made payable to various businesses and  totaling several thousand dollars.
  • Three counterfeit driver's licenses bearing Snell's photo.
  • Counterfeit checks matching the counterfeit driver's licenses, with numerous victims' account numbers on them.
  • Stolen mail with which Snell admitted to using for the purpose of manufacturing checks and identifications, andobtaining credit cards in different victims' names.

In all, a minimum of 66 victims have been identified, and over $15,000 has been stolen by Snell.  He is still in jail on the January arrest, and now will be charged by affidavits by PCSO for these offenses, for a total of 78 new charges.  The General Crimes Unit detectives worked in conjunction with U.S. Postal Inspector Myles Watson on this case.
 

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