Police nab alleged check-cashing scammer
Post Independent Editor
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Police arrested a Nevada man Wednesday on suspicion of theft and forgery after he allegedly bilked two local convenience stores this week with an elaborate check-cashing scam.
Jerry Davies, 37, of Las Vegas was lodged in the county jail, but was freed Thursday after posting bond, according to Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson.
Wilson said the scam started with a late-night telephone call to each of the convenience stores from a man claiming to be a regional manager with the convenience store company.
The man explained that he needed to get a check cashed to pay for parts or repairs related to the store. To add credibility to the situation, the man mentioned the names of store supervisors and managers, along with a working knowledge of the store’s general operating practices and shift schedules.
Shortly after the call, the man arrived at each store with the check as described. In both cases, the clerk cashed the check.
However, the clerk at one store became suspicious. After figuring out the check was fraudulent, the clerk called police with a description of the scammer’s vehicle.
At 5 p.m. Wednesday, a Garfield County sheriff’s deputy spotted the vehicle on I-70 westbound, made a traffic stop and arrested Davies.
On Thursday, Wilson issued a message to merchants through the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association with additional information about the check-cashing scam.
Wilson said the scammer may also pose as the person who has made repairs or services for the store and be the person seeking payment for the work.
In addition, the scammer wears a large-brimmed floppy hat that obstructs views of his face.
Wilson noted that Davies is driving a gray 2011 Dodge Ram four-door pickup with custom Nevada plates “DTLKING.” Police believe he has a wife and child living in the area.
He said similar crimes in other communities are under investigation.
Any merchant or store clerk who has experienced an attempted theft using this method is asked to contact the Glenwood Springs Police Department at 384-6500.
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