Check fraud investigated

January 31, 2013 

Check fraud investigated

The York County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two unrelated cases of check fraud in Fort Mill.

One incident was reported Jan. 23 when a Fort Mill resident noticed unauthorized activity on her bank account. The woman told authorities her home was burned in December and she thought her checkbook was destroyed in the fire. However, a check for $1,250 from her account was recently cashed by someone else, the report states.

The victim said the check was not written by her and was unauthorized. She suspects someone cleaning up her burned home found the checkbook and stole it, the report states. A second unrelated incident occurred at a Fort Mill construction company also on Jan. 23. The business owner told deputies he discovered 14 unauthorized checks cashed for a total of $4,309.48. The checks had been signed with a stamp and cashed illegally in several cities in North and South Carolina. Deputies helped the business owner contact the law enforcement agencies in each location where the crimes occurred.

Both case are under investigation.

Saw, fishing reels stolen

A Fort Mill man told police someone stole two barrels full of fishing reels and a table saw from his home, according to a Fort Mill Police report.

The burglary happened between Jan. 25 and 27 at a home off West Close Street in Fort Mill. The victim told police a table saw was stolen from his back yard and the fishing equipment was taken from a trailer parked next to his home, the report states. The items are valued at $1,200. There are no suspects listed.

Report: Man exposed himself in park

Fort Mill Police are investigating reports of a man with children exposing himself in Walter Y. Elisha Park.

An unidentified caller reported the incident to police around 3:45 p.m. Sunday. She told police she saw a man wearing jeans, a red sweater and a hat standing behind a sign and masturbating, according to a Fort Mill Police report. The caller told police the man then was seen leaving the park with two small children. She told police she believes they left in a Chevy Blazer. The woman gave police a license plate number that they traced to a vehicle in York. But police were unable to immediately locate the owner of the vehicle.

Tega Cay home burglarized

A Tega Cay home was burglarized last week and more than $4,000 in electronics were stolen, according to a Tega Cay Police report.

The report states a resident of Cove Point Lane returned home around 4:30 p.m. Jan. 10 and discovered multiple doors open at his home. Inside, someone had rummaged through every room in the house, leaving drawers and cabinets hanging open, the report states. Police responded to the scene and the resident listed multiple laptop computers, a flat screen TV and an iPad as missing. Police attempted to track the iPad using its internal GPS technology. They have not disclosed any suspects.

Resident charged with gun violation

A Fort Mill man was charged with carrying a handgun without a proper permit after police stopped him for allegedly reckless driving on a motorcycle, according to a Fort Mill Police report.

The man, 26-year-old Khalil Matthew Strait of Fort Mill, was allegedly driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle through downtown Fort Mill around 4:30 a.m. Jan. 13 when police observed him revving his motor and disregarding a stop sign. Officers conducted a traffic stop. During the investigation, officers decided to conduct a pat-down since the man was wearing multiple layers of clothing and a vest often worn by gang members, the report states.

Police found a loaded handgun tucked into the man’s waistband. He told police he did not have a concealed weapons permit. He was arrested at the scene.

Charges do not necessarily result in a conviction, and people who are arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

Compiled by Adam O’Daniel

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