Check thieves nabbed

Polk residents urged to check bank records

FALLS CITY -- Three Falls City residents were arrested for allegedly stealing checks from at least 35 people's mailboxes.

William Hurst, Riley Littleton and Amber Keys were arrested at West Coast Bank in Dallas June 12. Hurst was allegedly trying to pass a $1,850 check just as the bank was closing.

The bank teller contacted the real owner of the check by phone. Learning the check was stolen, bank officials called the police.

The three suspects were already being investigated by the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Ironically, deputies had gotten a search warrant for the suspects' home the same day they were spotted at the bank. Deputies went to the bank along with Dallas police officers. A deputy recognized the suspects.

Dallas police arrested Hurst for the West Coast Bank incident. Littleton and Keys were arrested by sheriff's deputies for forging checks at various US Banks in Polk and Marion counties.

When deputies searched the suspects' house at 137 Shelton St. in Falls City, they allegedly found numerous stolen checks and other pieces of mail.

Most of the stolen mail was from southern Polk County.

The victims have not yet been notified that some of their mail has been recovered. Many may not even know their mail was stolen.

Deputies also seized the car Littleton and Riley were waiting in at West Coast Bank while Hurst was inside the bank. A search of the car allegedly uncovered more stolen mail and checks.

Keys and Littleton have been charged with forgery and theft. Littleton is in the Polk County Jail with bail set at $100,000. Bail for Keys is set at $75,000.

Hurst is in the jail on forgery charges with bail set at $100,000.

The investigation is still ongoing, Sheriff Bob Wolfe said. "We urge the residents of Polk County to check their bank records and account for any discrepances," he said.

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