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Satellite Installer Charged in Credit Card Thefts

Posted February 6, 2008

— A satellite-television installer faces more than 50 charges in connection with credit card thefts in North Carolina and Virginia, and investigators said they worry there could be more victims.

"If he's been in your home, be sure and check," Halifax County Sheriff Jeff Frazier said.

Alan Eugene Holloman, 35, of Enfield, faces a number of charges, including larceny, financial card fraud, financial card theft, forgery and obtaining property by false pretense.

Investigators recovered more than $15,000 in stolen items, including large-screen high-definition TVs, a diamond ring, pearl necklace, home theater systems, DVDs and shoes, from Holloman's house.

"There were lots of items taken that were sold, and he made profit on them," Frazier said.

Investigators said Holloman worked for Custom Communication and installed satellites for Dish Network and that he stole while he was on jobs.

Francene Henderson Wheatley said Holloman victimized her. Shortly after Dish Network sent him to connect satellite service for her, she said, her mailbox was filled with credit card bills for purchases totaling up to $30,000.

"We trusted him," she said.

Holloman was being held without bond at the Halifax County Jail on Wednesday afternoon.


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  • CestLaVie Feb 7, 2008

    I agree with you White Eagle.

    In this day & age, where all this stuff is SO prevalent, how can anyone trust strangers like in this situation.

    I, too, keep the same things locked. My husband and I keep the doors locked from the inside when we are home and gone. If someone wants to break in, I'm not going to make it easy for them. Of course, I guess to a pro this stuff is easy anyway, but I think a lot of criminal activity is petty stuff to stupid people who think they can get away with it and aren't even smart enough to consider the ramifications.

  • White Eagle Feb 7, 2008

    I'd love to be able to trust every service man (or women) that comes to my house but the truth is, I follow them where ever they go in the house. Does it bother them, probably but since I can't remove all the temptations, I remove the opportunity. OK so I'm a suspicious Yankee! I also lock my cars, the garage, the shed and the house, even when I'm home. I can't prevent a thief from taking something but I figure I have the responsibility to make it more difficult.

  • Meandmytwo Feb 7, 2008

    That's why I never trust any of these people to my house without my husband or I there. You never know what this person is capable of doing.

  • Funky Neighbor LEE Feb 7, 2008

    Bet he stole Satellite service too.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Feb 7, 2008

    I remembered this person. He came over my house and installed the Dish Network dish replacement. A deer took out my dish, which was installed at ground-level (with a pole). At least the deer got real good reception since it took the LNBs, probably got stuck in its antlers. :-)

    I paid by check but had a quote from Custom Communications prior to this guy's arrival, so he was unable to jack up the price. I also balance by checkbook monthly, so I have not seen any rogue withdraws after he departed.

  • charlesboyer Feb 7, 2008

    If he "installed satellites" for Dish Network, wouldn't that mean he was a NASA rocket scientist? Satellites orbit the Earth, after all.

  • Go Georgia Tech Feb 7, 2008

    Now wait a minute!! before any of you start thinking he did this all for his own benefit-- YOU ARE DEAD WRONG.. he was simply trying to help the county pay off some of the debt it has from the Randy Parton theater.. (if your reading this Allan, make sure you tell the judge this very well thought out lie-- also- how much for a plasma??)