Ring of fraud crimes ends in Navarre arrests

The arrest of two Mobile residents in a Navarre fraud case may lead to more charges after the pair allegedly stole four credit cards from a local small business.

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a fraud complaint Aug. 2 after the victim discovered several charges on her card that she did not make.

Public Information Officer Sgt. Rich Aloy said it appears the pair were targeting local businesses.

Leglemon Leroy Belt

Leglemon Leroy Belt, 50, and Oletha Clemons, 62, were both arrested on multiple theft and fraud charges.

According to a sheriff’s office arrest reports, the victim was working at a retail store in Navarre when Belt and Clemons entered the store. According to the victim’s statement, Clemons attempted to distracted her while Belt walked throughout the store including entering a back room that was not for customers.

During this time Belt allegedly stole the victim’s wallet, taking four credit cards.

Within minutes, the stolen credit card was used at a local Walmart where gift cards were purchased.  Video surveillance from the store showed the two using the cards to purchase more than $2,000 worth of prepaid debit cards.

The victim was notified of the transaction and contacted to the sheriff’s office. While giving her report, there was another transaction attempted on the same credit card at

Oletha Clemons

another local store. Deputies immediately responded to that store and located the suspects who matched the description provided by the victim.

While investigating this case, deputies were able to connect both suspects to several other related crimes according to the reports. The sheriff’s office has posted to Facebook seeking help in identifying these individuals in the past. Both suspects are believed to be from the Mobile area.

Belt and Clemons are both charged with second degree felony burglary, third degree felony larceny, first degree misdemeanor larceny and four counts of third degree felony credit card fraud.

Belt also faces an additional charge of first degree misdemeanor fraud impersonation for giving deputies an incorrect name. He is currently be held in Santa Rosa County Jail on $42,000 bond, and Clemons is currently being held in Santa Rosa County Jail on $41,000 bond.

Both potentially face additional charges for other incidents.

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