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Police: Woman uses stolen checks to buy pizzas

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Jonesboro police arrested a woman Tuesday after using stolen checks to buy several boxes of pizza from Pizza Inn in Jonesboro. 

Patricia Truitt was arrested Tuesday on charges of forgery after using stolen checks on several occasions in local businesses. 

"Recently, there have been some financial crimes such as forgery where she had stolen a man’s check and passed them at local businesses," said Sgt. Lyle Waterworth with Jonesboro Police Department.

He said they have been investigating several cases of financial identity fraud and fraudulent use for credit card.

"Detective Racy after a lengthy investigation developed a suspect, information was gathered on that suspect and an arrest was made on Patricia Truitt," Waterworth said.

Patricia Truitt was charged Wednesday for forgery after using fraudulent checks to make several purchases.

Jonesboro Police went looking for Truitt at her home on Tuesday. Her husband, Larry Truitt told police she had already left the house. After discovering Patricia was in fact inside, both her and her husband were arrested. Larry Truitt was charged with obstructing governmental operations.

"She also had stolen a credit card in the past where she used the credit card for financial gain," he said.

Waterworth says constantly monitoring your account can help when it comes to being a victim of fraud.

"Keep an eye on that kind of stuff, check your credit cards , keep an eye on your credit cards, keep an eye on your checking account," he said.

There are also ways businesses can be cautious.  

"Always ask for ID, you know some people may act like it’s an inconvenience but is it really an inconvenience for them to have to have an ID."

An administrator at the Craighead County Detention Center said the probable cause hearing for Patricia Truitt will likely be on Thursday.

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