Crime briefs: This week’s theme is theft
Jessica Dawn Sorensen, 40, of Glenwood, was arrested in December for alleged check fraud.
According to her arrest affidavit, a local check cashing company notified police when an $1,800 check made out to Sorenson as payroll from an Aspen Realtor was returned by the bank. The business, it turned out, had no association with Sorenson and the account number was incorrect.
The police were called when Sorenson attempted to cash another $1,800 check at another location, but she fled before they arrived. A warrant was issued on Dec. 14 and she was booked the next day.
Sorenson, who according to her court file has a history of fraud and forgery arrests and is currently on probation for a similar case, was charged with felony forgery and misdemeanor theft and later released on a $1,500 bond.
Missing credit card leads to charges
Glenwood police have made a pair of arrests after reviewing surveillance footage from local stores in connection with a series of fraudulent transactions on a missing credit card.
Darrek Tainter, 26, and Matthew Little, 35, both of Glenwood, are believed to be the two men caught on camera at least two places the card was used, while a woman who was with the pair one occasion does not appear to have been implicated.
According to Tainter’s arrest affidavit, police recognized Little from the footage from a previous case, but took some time to identify Tainter, who is believed to have actually swiped the stolen card.
Tainter was arrested on Dec. 18 for identity theft, a felony; as well as criminal possession of an identification document; second-degree forgery; and theft, all misdemeanors, and is being held on a $5,000 bond. Little shares the same charges, as well as a felony violation of bail bond conditions, and is being held on a $10,000 bond.
Teen accused of stealing at employee party
When a cashbox went missing at an employee Christmas party in Silt, surveillance footage implicated Osbaldo DeLaCruz, 18, of Parachute.
According to his arrest affidavit, DeLaCruz attended the party with his aunt and returned most of the money when confronted by management. He later directed police to the remainder, hidden under the floor mat in the back seat of his aunt’s car.
He was arrested for third-degree burglary, a felony; failure to appear for a previous misdemeanor; petty theft; and, after he showed signs of intoxication and blew 0.07 on a portable breath test, underage consumption of alcohol. The district attorney’s office ultimately chose to prosecute the case as a misdemeanor, but also asked that a bench warrant be issued when DeLaCruz failed to appear for the filing of his charges.
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