LPD: Nearly $6K was stolen via forged checks
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A months-long investigation leads law enforcement to arrest two for forging nearly 6,000 dollars in checks.
The first incident was reported on Aug. 20th, when a 58-year-old victim found over a thousand dollars had been withdrawn from their account. The victim said a friend, identified as 29-year-old James Crihfield, had asked to use her account to make deposits and withdrawal since he didn’t have an account of his own.
About a week later, two forged checks were reportedly used at a U-Stop, 4749 Normal Blvd. Video evidence identified the person as Crihfield.
Later on Sept. 3rd, Liberty First Credit Union, 5101 N 27th St., contacted Lincoln Police after a man came into open an account with a check belonging to a deadman. Officers caught up with the man while he was still inside the bank. He was identified as 37-year-old Robin Dennis, but reportedly was accompanied by Crihfield who left before officers arrived.
Dennis had a backpack with 15 forged checks made out to Dennis and Crihfield, belonging to several different people. Syringes and a wrapper containing Methamphetamine residue.
Dennis was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and two forgery charges.
Later that same day, police found Crihfield in a hotel parking lot near NW 12th and W Adams. After giving the cops a fake name, multiple used syringes that tested positive for Methamphetamine were found in his possession.
Confirming it was Crihfield, police found he was also wanted on two additional forgery charges from July.
He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, providing false information to an officer, and on two counts of forgery.
Upon further investigation, Crihfield was connected to at least six other forgery incidents. So far, officers have estimated the total loss at 5,700 dollars.
So far, he faces four additional charges of theft and another four counts of forgery.