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Man was 10 minutes too late to cash check reported as stolen
sburkett@decaturdaily.com · 340-2355

SOMERVILLE — About 10 minutes after the victim of a check theft left the bank after stopping payment on the checks, the man who stole them walked in and tried to cash one, Morgan County sheriff’s investigators said Thursday.

Deputies and Somerville police arrived at the bank at on Alabama 67 at Alabama 36 and promptly detained the suspect, said Sgt. John Bili.

Robert Russell Widner, 21, of 18 Callie Drive, Somerville, now faces a charge of breaking and entering a vehicle and two counts of possessing a forged instrument.

Bili said Widner broke into the victim’s truck at Sharp’s Ford Landing on Tuesday and stole a People’s Bank checkbook containing 25 checks. He cashed a $400 check at the Lacey’s Spring bank branch Wednesday, Bili said.

The victim went to the bank to alert them that someone had stolen and cashed one of the checks and to stop payment on the remaining 24.

Widner showed up at the Somerville branch shortly afterwards, but this time he ran into difficulties.

Police found the 23 remaining checks in his vehicle, and recovered $28 of the stolen money.

Widner remained in Morgan County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $2,250 bond.

Bili said other arrests may be made in the case. 340-2355

SOMERVILLE — About 10 minutes after the victim of a check theft left the bank after stopping payment on the checks, the man who stole them walked in and tried to cash one, Morgan County sheriff's investigators said Thursday.

Deputies and Somerville police arrived at the bank at on Alabama 67 at Alabama 36 and promptly detained the suspect, said Sgt. John Bili.

Robert Russell Widner, 21, of 18 Callie Drive, Somerville, now faces a charge of breaking and entering a vehicle and two counts of possessing a forged instrument.

Bili said Widner broke into the victim's truck at Sharp's Ford Landing on Tuesday and stole a People's Bank checkbook containing 25 checks. He cashed a $400 check at the Lacey's Spring bank branch Wednesday, Bili said.

The victim went to the bank to alert them that someone had stolen and cashed one of the checks and to stop payment on the remaining 24.

Widner showed up at the Somerville branch shortly afterwards, but this time he ran into difficulties.

Police found the 23 remaining checks in his vehicle, and recovered $28 of the stolen money.

Widner remained in Morgan County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $2,250 bond.

Bili said other arrests may be made in the case.

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