Identity Theft Suspect Who Claimed Superior Intellect Captured in Tennessee

Publish Date: June 8, 2016
Written by: Brittany Sharp
Categories: News

Birmingham, AL 06/08/218

A 32 year old Birmingham man who taunted investigators by claiming he had a superior intellect and was too smart for them to catch was arrested last Thursday near a trailer park in Maryville, TN.

Deputies with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the trailer park to investigate suspicious vehicle in the area. They located the vehicle at a nearby antique mall. A computer check of the vehicle tag indicated that the car was likely driven by 32 year old Tony Michael Canterberry of Homewood, AL. The deputies contacted the driver and he provided a false name, but was eventually identified as Canterberry. He is wanted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for four counts of Identity Theft. Bond in these cases is set at $340,000.

The arrest warrants were obtained by Jefferson County Detectives following an investigation into identity theft here in our area. On March 19 of this year Sheriff’s Detectives received an email from a victim in another state that indicated a customer service representative for a tax preparation software company had threatened to steal his identity and cause him financial harm. The victim went on to say that the person making the threats lived in Jefferson County. Once the suspect was located investigators discovered that someone had posed as him to get the job. Detectives soon learned that #2 year old Tony Michael Canterberry had stolen the man’s identity to obtain a job with the software company.

Detectives reached out to Canterberry and asked him to come in and be questioned about the case. He refused to do so and instead, insisted he was too intelligent to be captured.

Canterberry remains in the Blount County Jail in Tennessee. He faces charges there of Possession of Drugs, Identity Theft, Theft of Property, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He will remain in Tennessee until these cases are disposed of. Following this he will be extradited to Alabama to face the charges here.


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