A former employee of a Brooks County ministry was charged Wednesday with using the ministry’s name to get money from three Thomasville business owners.
Kenneth Mark Rowland, 57, was arrested late Wednesday morning at his Hebron Lane residence and charged with two counts of theft by deception.
According to a Thomas County Sheriff’s Office incident report, ministry personnel said a former employee was using the ministry’s name to get money.
The ministry representative said Rowland got cash from the businesses by saying he needed money to buy gasoline.
One of the businesses showed a deputy the man on video. The report says that on Wednesday, Sept. 25, the suspect told the owner he needed $15 or $20 to buy gasoline. The business owner gave the man the money.
Rowland, the report says, told the business owner he would return the money later in the day, but never returned.
The suspect was identified as the man who went to another business on the same day, identified himself as representing the ministry and told the owner he needed $15 to $20 to purchase gasoline. He said he would have the ministry return the money to the business owner.
The report says Rowland went to another business the previous day and said his family needed money to purchase gasoline.
Rowland was not charged in the latter incident because he did not say he was with the ministry. He told the third store owner he would repay the money, but never did.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.