Crime Stoppers: Stolen Checkbook
In Crime Stoppers this week, a woman picked up a checkbook she found on the pavement, but instead of trying to find the owner, she decided to go on a shopping spree. Help identify her and go on one of your own with some honest reward cash.
Despite procedures put in place, aimed at keeping the wrong people from writing checks that don't belong to them, it still happens. "Doesn't take long," said Chattanooga Police Officer Tim McFarland, "you know? It can only take one check and your account's in the negative."
This week, it was the result of something that's probably happened to most of us: you set something on the top of the vehicle and forget all about it. Usually it is something that does not matter, like a cup of coffee, for example. In this case, however, it was a checkbook. "As the victim was pumping gas," Off. McFarland explained, "she laid her checkbook on her trunk of her car and drove off. Obviously, one of the suspects picked it up and went around buying making purchases forging signatures and stuff."
We get our pictures of the suspect from Walmart, one stop on her shopping spree. "The suspect you see in the pictures is a black female, we think probably about 5'5", 5'6", skinny build," McFarland continued. "I think the pictures are good enough that somebody will recognize her. Once again, it's just a matter of whether someone wants a little money in their pocket to give her up."
The suspect could face a number of charges. "Identity theft, forgery, fraud," said McFarland. "It just depends on the amount."
Up to $1,000 reward is on the table. Your good tip on who the suspect is could earn you an honest payday. And this case serves as a reminder to us all. "To make sure you have your wallet with you at all times," said McFarland, "and leave it in your car when you're pumping gas."
With the Crime Stoppers program, we never ask who you are, not even if you earn the reward cash. So, if you know something about this case, call: 698-3333
An officer may answer the phone or return your call, but he will only issue a case number. He will never ask your identity.