Police arrest woman accused of forging checks

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Police in Prestonsburg have arrested the woman they say was forging checks to get cash.

We told you Wednesday about a woman whose purse was stolen, and someone was forging signatures to cash her checks.

Police arrested Goldie Spears last night for the crime.

She is charged with forgery and theft of identity.

Spears is being held in the Floyd County Detention Center.

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Police say it is a growing problem, people stealing checks and forging them to get money.

Now police in Prestonsburg are on the lookout for a woman they say stole someone's purse and cashed checks for several hundred dollars.

Many people leave personal items in their cars.

"They always leave their checkbooks and stuff like that inside the car," said Sgt. Brian Walker.

But police say it is too risky, and one Prestonsburg woman fell victim to a crime because of it.

Her purse was stolen out of her car in her own driveway, and before she knew it her bank account was shrinking.

"Actually put the owner's driver's license number on the back of the check and cashed it posing as if she was the actual owner," said Detective Adam Dixon.

Surveillance video shows the suspect going through the drive-through, signing the check, and cashing it, getting away with four hundred dollars.

Then she drives away in what appears to be a silver Honda.

"We have yet to identify her. At this time we're asking anyone who has any information on this picture that we have, if you can identify her, to please contact the Prestonsburg Police Department,"

Police say crimes like this are getting more common. In fact they say within the past three or four months they have had at least 10 different cases.

"With the jobs going down people are getting desperate. In desperate times people can be capable of a lot of different things," said Dixon.

They urge people to never leave anything of value in a car.

"That makes it real easy for people to gain access to their bank account or anything like that," said Walker.

If your items are stolen, contact your bank and credit card companies immediately.

If caught, the suspect will face felony charges of forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

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