The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has solved a rash of forgeries with the arrest of several people.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says 20 year old Brandon Herndon of Forrest Avenue, Smithville; 25 year old Stephanie Fagan of Hickory Street, Smithville; and 25 year old Christopher Gammons of Andrew Street, Smithville were arrested after the Sheriff's Department received a report that someone had been forging and then cashing personal checks belonging to a local woman for large amounts of money.
He says sheriff's department detectives found that the checks were stolen from a residence on Forrest Avenue, belonging to a member of Herndon's family. Herndon allegedly stole numerous checks from the residence.
Detectives learned that Fagan filled out at least one of the checks and Gammons filled out five and cashed them. Gammons also allegedly stole another check from one of his family members and then forged and cashed it.
Herndon was charged with theft under $500.00 (Numerous checks). His bond was set at $5,000 and his court date is August 2nd. Fagan was charged with one count of forgery and her bond was set at $5,000. Her court date is August 2nd. Gammons was charged with six counts of forgery and one count of theft under $500.00 (a check). His bond is $32,500 and his court date is August 2nd.
Meanwhile, 38 year old Kelly Gibbs of Evins Mill Road, Smithville was charged with two counts of theft of property under $500, one count of theft of property over $500 and one count of aggravated Burglary while 32 year old Crystal Turner of A.B. Frazier Road, Smithville was charged with four counts of forgery, two counts of theft of property under $500, one count of theft of property over $500, and one count of aggravated burglary.
Sheriff Ray says Gibbs and Turner went in a residence on A.B. Frazier Road and took numerous checks and jewelry. Gibbs allegedly passed two checks at a business in DeKalb County and Turner allegedly forged and passed checks in three DeKalb County businesses. Bond for Turner was set at $32,000 and her court date is August 2nd. Gibbs is currently incarcerated in the Warren County Jail on other charges. More charges are pending.
23 year old Daniel Evans of Windham Street, Smithville was charged with DUI and two counts of simple possession on July 12th. Evans was southbound on Highway 56 north when a deputy noticed him weaving. Evans was stopped and was found to be intoxicated. Also found were morphine pills and klonopin pills. His bond was set at $6,000 and his court date is August 2nd.