Reward Offered for Information on Check Scam

by Erika Brooks on December 12, 2013 at 7:50 am

Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in a check cashing scam tied to vehicle break-ins that occurred on the night of the annual lighting of the Licking County Courthouse Square.

The Heath Police Department reports on November 29th there were several vehicle break-ins reported in downtown Newark and at Heath restaurants, resulting in wallets and personal information being stolen from the vehicles.

Then between December 2nd and 3rd, the suspects used the victims personal information to pose as the victims at Park National Bank, located at 800 S. 30th St. in Heath, and cash thousands of dollars in stolen and forged checks that were fraudulently written to the victims.

Pictures of the suspects, taken by the bank’s drive-thru security camera, show a white female cashing the checks and driving a vehicle believed to be a dark colored Buick Lucerne.

Anyone with information on these crimes is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888 or 1-888-488-9058. A special coding system protects the identity of the caller but allows for the reward to be issued at a later time.