A familiar face with law enforcement was arrested by the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department Wednesday on theft by deception charges involving an automobile.
Bryan Oneal Edwards, 38, of Alexander City has been an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency State Trooper for a year and was previously a deputy with the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department.
“We received a complaint June 17,” Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said. “We started an investigation and subsequently a warrant was obtained.”
Abbett said Edwards was arrested on Wednesday, June 19 and charged with theft by deception. Edwards turned himself in and was released on a $10,000 bond.
The complaint reads, “Bryan Oneal Edwards did on or about Aug. 1, 2018 knowingly obtain by deception control over $6,000 of the purchase and title of a white in color Nissan Altima, ...with the intent to deprive the owner of said property.”
According to court records, Edwards has numerous small claims court judgements against him going back several years involving the sale of vehicles.
In 2018, a plaintiff filed a claim in the Small Claims Court of Tallapoosa County stating Edwards never gave a purchaser a car he paid for.
“I claim (Edwards) owes the plaintiff the sum of $500 for a car I paid for and never got,” the claim reads.
The plaintiff was awarded $500 through a default judgement and a garnishment has been filed against Edwards.
Also in 2018, a plaintiff filed a claim in the Small Claims Court of Coosa County stating Edwards owed him more than $2,000.
“I claim (Edwards) owes the plaintiff the sum of $2,350 because of fraud of vehicle. Jan. 8, 2017, I was told I had to pay first on a buy-now vehicle from an online dealer auction,” the statement of claim reads. “It had to be paid for before shipment.”
This claim was taken care of in 2019 through a garnishment of Edwards’ wages.
In 2017, in the Small Claims Court of Tallapoosa County another plaintiff said Edwards did not deliver a vehicle.
“I claim (Edwards) owes the sum of “$1,800 because (I) purchased a vehicle from Mr. Edwards,” the claim reads. “(I) didn’t receive the car or my money back.”
This claim was settled through a consent judgement against Edwards and a garnishment of Edwards’ wages was filed.
In 2016, a plaintiff filed a claim in the Small Claims Court of Tallapoosa County stating Edwards never delivered a motorcycle.
“I claim (Edwards) owes the plaintiff the sum of $2,600 because $300 for a core charge from a motor and $2,300 for a motorcycle that was never received,” the claim reads.
This claim was settled through another consent judgement and garnishment of Edwards’ wages.
Theft by deception is a Class B felony and if someone is found guilty of theft by deception he or she could face two to 20 years in prison.
Abbett said the case is still under investigation.