The Richmond Register

Crime

June 19, 2013

Police charge man with check thefts, serve numerous warrants

RICHMOND — Police charged James P. Jewell, 32, of Brockton Housing at Eastern Kentucky University, in connection with the cashing of stolen and forged checks.

An officer was dispatched May 22 to the US Bank, 1100 Lancaster Road, in response to a report that a man in the bank, later identified as Jewell, was in possession of stolen and forged checks, according to the police report.  

Jewell fled before officers arrived. Investigators were told that Jewell had opened an account at the bank two days earlier and had deposited three checks that later were determined to have been stolen from a victim in Lebanon, the report stated. The deposits totaled $800.

Police allege that Jewell was then able to withdraw $422 from the account either by cash withdrawals or debit card use before the bank discovered the deposited checks were forgeries.

The investigating officer signed a complaint June 5, and a warrant was issued for Jewell’s arrest, charging him with three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft by deception under $500.  

During the investigation, Richmond police learned that Jewell was wanted on a second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument charge in Fayette County in connection with a similar crime.  

Two additional bench warrants for Jewell were found from Franklin County, one for failure to appear in court on a first-degree burglary charge and another for allegedly violating conditions of his release in a drug-related case.  

The RPD investigator found Jewell at his EKU campus residence Tuesday and took him into custody without incident. The outstanding warrants were served on Jewell and he was lodged in the detention center.    

Stolen checks reportedly passed at bar

Police charged William B. Bennett, 32, of General Cruft Drive, on Sunday in connection with the passing of a stolen check.

A complainant reported to police June 10 that he had recently learned that a check had been written for $120 on an old, closed account of his at the Hog Trough bar on May 28. Bennett was identified as a suspect in the theft of the checks and it was later confirmed that he had passed the stolen and forged check at the bar, according to an RPD report.

A representative of the Hog Trough bar reported Saturday that Bennett had forged and cashed a second stolen checks for $140 at the business on May 29.

An officer was dispatched Sunday afternoon to the Casa Café, 433 Professional Drive, after receiving a tip that Bennett was at that location. Upon arrival, the officer was directed to Bennett and then found a bench warrant for his arrest from Madison District Court on a charge of failure to appear in a theft by deception charge from June 2011.  

Bennett was taken into custody and the officer reported finding a Suboxone strip in his possession.

Bennett was jailed and charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property (under $500) and theft by deception (under $500).

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