San Antonio police: Mother, son used fake purchase orders to steal computers

Mabel Bryant, Leroy Bryant charged with theft


SAN ANTONIO – Mabel Bryant, 67, and her adult son, Leroy Bryant, are accused of taking part in a scheme that involved using fake purchase orders to steal computers from a south San Antonio store.

Bexar County jail records show San Antonio police originally took Bryant and her 43-year-old son into custody March 26.  However, Leroy Bryant was formally charged with theft on Thursday.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the Bryants went to an Office Depot on SW Military Drive on March 25 and presented workers with a purchase order that appeared to come from a school in Memphis, Tenn. 

In return, they were given three laptop computers, valued at more than $1,500, the affidavit stated.

When the pair returned the following day with a purchase order for a different Tennessee school, the store's assistant manager called police, the affidavit stated.

Investigators said both the original purchase order and one presented the second day turned out to be fraudulent, the affidavit stated.

Although both suspects denied knowing the purchase orders were false, police said they found receipts at a pawn shop showing the mother and son had sold some of the computers, the affidavit stated.

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