A Mississippi man has been charged with identity theft in Vernon Parish after a joint investigation with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, according to Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft.


A Mississippi man has been charged with identity theft in Vernon Parish after a joint investigation with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, according to Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft.
Thomas Polhamus, 37, of Lucedale, Miss., was arrested after detectives discovered that Polhamus, a former member of of a local volunteer fire department, had used the fire department fuel card to make purchases totaling an estimated $4000 in Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida.
Polhamus was located in George County, Miss., and after detectives traveled there, he admitted to making the unauthorized purchases. He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail on May 3, 2011 on a charge of felony theft. On May 17, he was transported from St. Tammany Parish to Vernon Parish where he was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail on one count of identity theft with a bond of $1,500 and one count of unauthorized use of an access card with a $1,500 bond.
Polhamus remained in the Vernon Parish Jail at press time. Charges are pending with other law enforcement agencies in Mississippi and Florida.