Bogus checks cashed in Woodland

Published 3:35 pm Sunday, December 21, 2008

WOODLAND—Police in Woodland and Rich Square are on the look out for three men who have cashed fraudulent checks in the area.

According to Woodland Police Chief Don Ryan, the first call to his department came on Monday morning from an employee at Woodland Supermarket who was suspicious of some Walgreens Drug Store payroll checks.

Upon investigation, Ryan said the Walgreens payroll division confirmed the checks to be fraudulent.

In the meantime, Ryan issued a BOLO (be on the look out) for a white Ford Escort station wagon with the first letters on the tag being “TSC” in which the men were believed to be traveling in.

On Wednesday, Ryan was once again dispatched to the Woodland Supermarket where one of the suspects attempted to cash another Walgreens check.

By the time Ryan arrived, the man was gone. He said he then issued a BOLO to surrounding law enforcement agencies as witnesses did not see what direction the man fled.

Ryan said the Woodland Supermarket cashed approximately $1,000-$1,500 in the Walgreens checks, while the nearby Rite-Way store cashed $3,000 worth.

Ryan said the checks ranged in between $290 to more than $300.

In the meantime, Ryan received information from the Rich Square Police Department in reference to the same crime occurring in that town at the Rich Square Supermarket.

North Carolina identification cards belonging to a Don Henry Miller of West Lee Street in Greensboro, Joe A. De la Cruz of Old U.S. Highway 13 in Ahoskie and Terall D. Lambert of Rhue Street in Ahoskie were used by the men when they cashed the checks.

Ryan said once a positive ID can be made on the men he will be drawing arrest warrants.

Those who have any information about this crime can contact the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office at 534-2611 or the Northampton County Crime Stopper’s hotline at 534-1110.