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Warrants issued in identity theft cases

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 - Felony arrest warrants were issued March 22 for two Oklahoma men charged with identity theft in separate incidents, court documents show.

Brandon Hannick, 29, of Roland and Gregory Scott Berry, 44, each could face up to five years in the Department of Corrections and a fine of up to $100,000 if convicted. Hammick’s bond was set at $5000. Berry’s bond was set at $10,000.

At 1 p.m. on Jan. 17, a Roland police officer took over an investigation into the theft of debit card information to purchase lottery tickets.

Video footage from the gas station where Hannick was working Jan. 15 showed that at 8 p.m. that day, a male customer wrote down his mother’s debit card information, then walked to a trash can near the front door and threw away a Post-It Note.

The video then shows Hannick retrieving something from the trash can. A few minutes later, Hannick can be seen ringing up $139.73 worth of lottery tickets, which he slides under a tray near the cash register.

A manager at the gas station told police the security tapes clearly showed it was Hannick making the transaction, and he was the store’s only cashier when the transaction took place.

In a separate incident, a Sallisaw police detective was informed that on Feb. 19, an SPD officer had responded to Cherokee Casino Sallisaw to speak with a female about stolen property.

The woman reported that she had misplaced her wallet while playing a slot machine at the casino. Security at the casino later found the woman’s wallet, but her driver’s license, EBT card, a spending card and her Social Security card were missing.

Casino security found the wallet at a different slot machine than the one she had been playing.

A review of casino surveillance showed that a man later identified as Berry arrived at the casino in a white Toyota truck at 7:24 p.m. Wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans and a ball cap, Berry is seen on video entering the casino 10 minutes later.

At 9:01 p.m., the female can be seen placing her wallet on the chair where she had been playing as she left the area. Eight minutes later, the footage allegedly shows Berry picking up the wallet and leaving the casino. He then sat in the pickup’s passenger seat for a few minutes and re-entered the casino, video revealed. As the surveillance tape continued, Berry was shown sitting down at a different slot machine and reaching between the machines and then leaving the casino at 9:28 p.m.

Andrea Adams, Staff Writer

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