A 38-year-old Atlanta man was arrested by local authorities on various criminal charges last week.
McDuffie County Sheriff's Department Investigator Al Reeves identified the suspect as Lavincent Ricardo Adams, of the 400 block of Courtland Street. Mr. Adams, who was taken into custody on Tuesday, Nov. 2, was charged with theft and forgery crimes that occurred at Gilliam's Floor Covering near Thomson on Oct. 12.
Mr. Adams, who is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center in Appling on unrelated charges, is accused of having stolen three checks from the local business' mailbox.
Investigator Reeves said Mr. Adams "washed" the intended recipient's information off of the checks and added his name to one of them.
He added fictitious names to the other two checks.
The checks later were cashed at Regions Bank on West Hill Street in Thomson and Regions Bank on Columbia Road in Martinez. Investigator Reeves said Mr. Adams received more than $3,000 in cash.