A Pike County man gave his grandfather a different kind of Christmas when he and a friend forged stolen checks totaling more than $2,500, police said. The two check-kiters were quickly apprehended and transported to the Fayette County Jail.
Riley B. Canipe, 20, of Meansville, was charged with three counts of printing/executing/negotiating a fictitious check and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime, theft by taking and fourth degree forgery, according to Fayette County Jail records.
Thomas Weeks, 18, of Concord, was charged with fourth degree forgery and conspiracy to commit a crime, according to jail records.
A Peachtree City police report noted that the theft was reported on Dec. 17 when a Peachtree City resident met with the officer at the Peachtree City Police Department headquarters on Ga. Highway 74 South.
“The complainant wished to make a report of his grandson stealing his checks and cashing them. Three of the checks were cashed at SunTrust in the Wilshire Pavilion in Peachtree City. The other three checks were cashed by his grandson’s friend at a United Bank but the location was unknown,” the police report said.
The total amount cashed in Peachtree City was $2,520, according to the report.
At approximately 4:59 hours, his grandson and grandson’s friend were arrested at the SunTrust Bank, attempting to cash a fourth check, according to the report.