Date/Time of Offense: Sunday, April 4, 2021.
Offense(s)/Charge(s): Felony Identity Theft
Location of Incident: Sea Crest Resort, 803 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach.
Suspect(s): Leon Junior Johnson, 35 Years Old, 209 Stokes Road, Rockingham, North Carolina 28379
Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: On Wednesday, April 7, 2021 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office generated a report regarding ongoing identity theft.
The victim reported charges had been made to his financial card whichwere fraudulent. The report was assigned to Detective Craig Scannella with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit, Economic Crimes Division.
Detective Scannella made contact with the Sea Crest Resort in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. Staff members at the resort verified the victim’s financial card had been used at this location to rent a room. The staff also advised the suspects who had used the financial card were still at the resort. Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Detective Daniel Icard immediatelycontacted the Myrtle Beach Police Department for assistance in this case.
Myrtle Beach Police Officers located Leon Junior Johnson inside the room at the resort. After confirming Johnson’s identity it was discoveredJohnson had outstanding Felony Child Support arrest warrants out of Chesterfield County, South Carolina. The Myrtle Beach officers arrested Johnson on these charges.
Detective Scannella applied for and was granted an arrest warrant here in Iredell County for Leon Junior Johnson for Felony Identity Theft.
Leon Junior Johnson was extradited from South Carolina to Iredell County on Thursday, April 22, 2021. Johnson appeared before Magistrate D.Chambers who issued a 5,000.00 dollar secured bond on this charge. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may occur.