Smashed Mustang unravels identity theft scheme

by: Mike Petchenik Updated:


SANDY SPRINGS, Ga.,None - Sandy Springs Police and the U.S. Postal Inspector's office are tracking down a man they said is stealing mail from homes then opening fraudulent credit cards in the homeowner's names.
Lt. Steve Rose told Channel 2's Mike Petchenik investigators became aware of the case after patrol officers found a Ford Mustang wrecked on Dec. 16 on Northside Drive.
“The driver of this car hit a wall and then hit some trees," Rose said.  "The driver of the car fled."

Inside the car, Rose said police found pieces of mail addressed to other people and they learned the Mustang had been rented from an Avis near the airport, using the credit card of a man who'd reported his identity was stolen. 

Avis provided police with a picture of the man who rented the car, and after consulting with the Postal Inspector's office, police determined the driver was 35-year-old Jason Michael Keenan, a man who records show has been in trouble for identity theft before.
“The driver of the car has fraudulently ordered some credit cards," said Rose.  "We don’t know how he obtained the name and personal information of the victims, but we know he ordered some credit cards.”
Rose said police believe Keenan has been driving around affluent neighborhoods in Sandy Springs and Atlanta, stealing mail from boxes to find personal information.  Then, he said Keenan would apply for a credit card and return to the home later to retrieve the fraudulent card.
Petchenik tracked down one of the victims, a 72-year-old Sandy Springs man who said he learned his identity had been stolen when he got a call from American Express about some unusual charges on a card for which he'd never applied.
"It’s a very annoying, time-consuming, aggravating situation that can happen to everybody and happens to many people," the man, who asked not to be identified, told Petchenik.
The man said he spends several hours every day canceling cards that have arrived to his home.  He's since installed a lock on his mailbox to prevent someone from stealing his mail.
“The last credit card I got was a Mastercard with a $25,000 limit," he said.
The Georgia Department of Corrections website shows Keenan was sentenced in Fulton County to three years in prison for credit card theft, and another five years for identity theft, but only served a few years on the charges.  He's also spent time in prison for possession of methamphetamine.
Anyone with information about Keenan's whereabouts was asked to call Crimestoppers at 404-577-TIPS or 404-577-8477.