Mitchell man steals a cell phone and takes money from owner’s account, arrest made

BEDFORD – A Mitchell man was arrested on Friday on a theft charge stemming from an incident on Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

According to a probable cause affidavit, on October 5, 2022, at 5:22 p.m. Lawrence County Central Dispatch received a call reporting a cell phone was stolen from a vehicle on Washboard Road. 

The caller claimed when he checked his bank statements, he noticed money was missing from his accounts, making his account overdrawn.  He also reported his cell phone had been stolen from his vehicle.

The man provided the officer with his bank statement and showed many transfers had been made on PayPal, an ATM, and McDonald’s. The transactions took place from August 25, 2022, to September 21, 2022. The man said he was in jail from August 23, 2022, until October 5, 2022 therefore, he wasn’t responsible for any of the transactions. The man had screenshots of the transactions made on PayPal from his account to 36-year-old Anthony Henson. The man said he lost approximately $300 to $500. 

Anthony Henson

The man told police he was arrested during a traffic stop on Washboard Road and there were two females with him when he was arrested. He told the officer he let the females take his vehicle instead of having it towed. The vehicle was driven to a home in the 1000 block of Washboard Road. The man said he left behind a lot of his property including his cell phone in that vehicle.

One of the females in the car messaged the caller and told him that Henson had his cell phone. She stated Henson was stealing his money and had sold the man’s phone. 

The alleged victim claimed items stolen included a cell phone and the case which was valued at $750, a Yamaha speaker worth $90 an 800-watt stereo valued at $50. He also listed hand tools worth $100, a pocket knife valued at $200, an M1 Grand bayonet worth $80, and approximately $400 stolen from his bank account. In total police say more than $1,690 worth of money and items were stolen from the vehicle.

On Wednesday, October 12, 2022, an officer attempted to contact Henson but was unable to make contact. 

The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for Henson’s arrest.