Crime

Man allegedly stole former neighbor’s checks and cashed them

A woman didn’t know what happened to the checks she ordered more than a year ago.

She learned Monday that a former neighbor stole the checkbook and forged her signature for more than $1,300, according to Patton Township police.

Dylan Wagner, 23, of McVeytown, entered Kish Bank off South Atherton Street on Monday. He presented a forged check for $625, was given cash and left the bank. There was an overdraw on the account, and the account’s owner was called by the bank.

The account’s owner denied writing a check to Wagner and said he was an old neighbor who she did not interact with. She also told the bank and police that checks she had ordered more than a year ago had not been delivered to her house, so she had put a stop payment on the missing checks in May 2016. The stop payment, however, lasted for a limited time, according to the complaint.

Kish Bank immediately put out a fraud alert to its branches.

Wagner entered Kish Bank off Green Tech Drive less than three hours after the first check was cashed, according to the complaint. He allegedly attempted to cash another check, this one worth $700, but bank employees notified police. Wagner was arrested by Patton Township police.

Wagner was charged with two felony counts of forgery and misdemeanor counts of theft of movable property, theft by deception, criminal attempt of theft by deception and receiving stolen property.

Wagner was unable to post $10,000 bond set by District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 22.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

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