The forgery of numerous stolen checks led to the arrest of Melody Nolan, 33, of Mt. Rushmore Drive on Wednesday and additional charges filed against her Saturday, according to Richmond Police.
On Oct. 16, a complainant reported that several checkbooks for her business and personal accounts were stolen between August and October. According to a police press release, the victim learned of the thefts when a bank contacted her about charges to her account.
Investigators determined 67 stolen checks, totaling $5,375, were forged and passed at businesses in the Richmond area. Two checks, totaling $265, were used in another area.
Nolan was identified as the suspect responsible for the stolen checks, and a warrant charging her with six counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument was issued Oct. 10, the police report stated. Another warrant was issued Oct. 16 for 61 additional counts of the same charge.
The night of Dec. 10, officers developed informations that Nolan was at the Third Street Tavern, 206 S. Third St. When they arrived, they located a woman they believed to be Nolan, but she gave them the name and Social Security number of another person. However, they identified the woman as Nolan and took her into custody, the police report stated.
She was lodged at Madison County Detention Center charged with identify theft and giving an officer a false name.
On Dec. 12, police placed additional charges against Nolan in connection with the theft of several items from the home of the same victim.
On Oct. 4, before the checks were stolen, the victim reported that between Sept. 16 and Oct. 4, a 2000 Toyota Camry, three televisions, a silver three-quarter carat diamond solitaire ring, several half-dollar and dollar coins, two gold pearl rings, a gold tennis bracelet, an opal ring and a gold rind were stolen from the residence.
Nolan was identified as a suspect because she had access to the home and vehicle, the police report stated.
Investigators determined Nolan had possession of the jewelry and had transferred the stolen items to other parties for cash, the police report stated. The items were recovered and returned to the rightful owner.
On Dec. 12 a warrant charging Nolan for receiving stolen property ($500 to $10,000) and two counts of theft by deception under $500 was served on her at the detention center, where she remained Monday night, according to online jail records.