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Posted on: May 8, 2020

[ARCHIVED] One suspect in custody, another entered as Wanted in Felony Identity Theft Case.


Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of identity theft, which occurred between Friday, April 17, and Monday, April 20, 2020. The victim reported their debit card had been used without their permission with multiple attempts, and charges were made using their card.

Economic Crimes Unit Detectives were able verify the usages at various businesses and obtained evidence confirming the card was used without the permission of the owner. Detectives were also able to obtain multiple statements from witnesses at the businesses. After compiling all the evidence, detectives were able to identify the suspects as Mariah Cynthia Coley and Preston Levi Kovanda.

Mariah Cynthia Coley was located and arrested on Monday, May 4, 2020. She was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where she was served with six counts of Felony Identity Theft.  Magistrate D. Chambers issued a 5,000.00 dollar secured bond for these charges.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office has outstanding arrest warrants for Preston Levi Kovanda for six counts of Felony Identity Theft. Anyone with information on Kovanda’s location is asked to call Detective C. Scannella at the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or call Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.

Mariah Cynthia Coley, 23 Years Old

1409 Shelton Avenue

Statesville, North Carolina 28677


Criminal history: Two Counts of Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia, Two Counts of Misdemeanor Breaking and Entering, Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor Maintain a Vehicle for the Use or Sale of a Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor Larceny, Misdemeanor Resisting a Public Officer.

Currently on Probation for Larceny and Misdemeanor Breaking, and Resisting a Public Officer.

Preston Levi Kovanda 31 Years Old

South Meeting Street

Statesville, North Carolina 28677


Criminal history: Misdemeanor Assault on a Female.

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