Local Man to Face Phone Hoax Charges

A Panama City man accused of making hoax telephone calls nationwide will be prosecuted for that in Kentucky.

Bay County Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet has ruled there is sufficient evidence to take David Richard Stewart into custody.

Kentucky officials were in Panama City to take Stewart back to the Bluegrass State for prosecution.

Police say they believe it was Stewart who was making phone calls to businesses around the country, claiming he was a police officer.

The caller would convince store supervisors to strip search female employees for possible theft.

Kentucky officers were able to link Stewart to a call made to a business in their state. They obtained a store security video showing Stewart buying a calling card allegedly used to make the call.

Overstreet ruled it was Stewart on the tape and ordered him back to Kentucky to face the charges.