Suspects in check forging case sought
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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Cleveland Police Department officials are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects in the use of homeless people to cash forged checks.

Several forged checks have been cashed or attempted to be passed in Cleveland at several local banks. Four suspects have been arrested and warrants have been issued on three more suspects, according to Evie West, information officer for CPD.

“The [homeless subjects] all have stated similar stories. They have stated that a black male approaches them at either a homeless shelter or the soup kitchen in Chattanooga, he asks if they want to make $200, gets their identifications, [then] gives their identifications to another black male,” West said.

Detective Bill Parks of the Cleveland Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is in charge of the case.

One black male reportedly drives the homeless subjects to Cleveland, and a few minutes later the other black male drives up, gives them their identification back, then hands them a check made out to them, usually in the amount of $1,200 to $2,200, reports said.

They park in close proximity to a bank. The homeless subject walks to the bank and tries to pass the forged check. If they are able to cash the forged check, the homeless subject walks out of the parking lot and is picked up by one of the black males, according to Parks’ investigation.

The suspects have been noted as driving several different vehicles to commit the crimes.

A burgundy Dodge Magnum, gray Dodge 4-door Ram pickup truck and a grayish/blue Nissan Rogue have been used.

Anyone with possible information on the case can contact Parks at 559-3321.

- The victim of a car burglary has issued a reward offering for the return of guns taken recently.

Don Gregg is offering up to $500, with no questions asked. He also said if anyone has information regarding the thefts from two of his vehicles, they can contact the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office at 728-7336.

The report was filed with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.

According to deputy Kolby Duckett, who spoke with Gregg, he went to wash his truck and noticed a gun missing. Gregg went to check his other vehicle and discovered a weapon he kept in that vehicle was missing as well.

According to Gregg, he couldn’t pin down a timeline on when the weapons had been taken. The guns were identical Chief’s Specials with 3-inch barrels.

Gregg can be reached at 479-7764.