Two Phillips County men and a Marvell woman face second degree forgery and theft of property charges after attempting to cash a check in the amount of $1,000 on the account of a Marvell area farmer.
According to an incident report provided by the Phillips County Sheriff's Department, Kenneth Robinson, 19, and Emanuel Carruth, 22, went to the drive-in window of the Southern Bancorp Bank branch at Marvell on August 16 and cashed a $1,000 check on Curtis Crisp's account.
The incident report states that the check made out to Robinson was not authorized by Crisp and was one of several checks stolen from Crisp's checkbook back in July. The report also indicated that at the time the checks were stolen from Crisp's vehicle, a bank envelope containing almost $1,500 also was taken.
That incident reportedly occurred on July 20. Robinson and Carruth were working for Crisp at the time.
The Sheriff's Department reports around 8:45 on August 19 that Helena-West Helena Police apprehended Robinson and Carruth at Messina's Liquor Store attempting to cash another $1,000 check written on Crisp's bank account. The incident report states this particular check was allegedly stolen that same day while Carruth was working for Crisp.
A store clerk for Messina's called Crisp who confirmed that he had not written the check and that in fact it had been stolen along with four other checks.
On Friday, August 23, Lt. Sylvester Rose of the PCSO arrested Lou Wanda Thomas, 19, of Marvell in connection with the writing out of the check amounts for Carruth and Robinson. An hour later Carruth and Robinson turned themselves into the sheriff's department.
Carruth and Robinson were charged with second degree forgery, a Class C felony, and theft of property, a Class A misdemeanor. Their bonds were set at $16,000. They posted bond and were released.
Thomas' bond was set at $15,000. She also posted bond and was released.