Two accused of cashing checks stolen from church

Shannon Holtorf (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Shannon Holtorf (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Terry Dodson (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Terry Dodson (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A couple is being held without bond after police say they stole several checks from a local church and cashed them.

Terry T. Dodson, 26, of Trumann and Shannon M. Holtorf, 32, of Jonesboro are both charged with second degree forgery.

According to the initial police report, the two were arrested after they tried to cash two checks at Bill's Fresh Market, 4225 Stadium Blvd.

The manager told police Holtorf had cashed an $800 check at the store on Monday night.  When he took the check to Heritage Bank the following day he learned it had been stolen from Oasis Ministries in Brookland.

Tuesday morning Holtorf returned to the store and attempted to cash two more checks, the report stated.

The manager told Holtorf he needed to "get more cash for the draw" and went to call police.

After a few minutes of waiting, the report stated Holtorf walked out of the store and tossed her purse into a car driven by Dodson and told him she was going to jail.  Dodson then drove away.

The manager, who witnessed the transaction, called dispatch and gave a description of Dodson's vehicle, including license plate number and the direction it was traveling.

When Officer Jason Bissett arrived at the store he found Holtorf "intoxicated on some type of prescription medication."

Bissett said her speech was slurred and he "had a hard time understanding" Holtorf as she tried to explain what happened.

The manager said because of Holtorf's intoxication he was able to "trick her into thinking police officers were right around the corner."

Bissett read Holtorf her Miranda rights and then questioned her about the checks.

She reportedly said the checks were from a friend named "Charlie" for housecleaning.

When Bissett contacted the victim, John Turner of Oasis Ministries, he reportedly said he didn't know Holtorf and had not authorized any of the checks.

Meanwhile, Officer Scott Rose found Dodson, along with two children, in a car in the Bridlewood area.  The arresting officer searched Dodson and found a $450 check reported stolen to Heritage Bank.

The children were turned over to family and Dodson was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center.

According to the report, multiple checks were found in Holtorf's purse and in her pockets.  Most of the checks were written for more than $400 each.

She was also taken to the CCDC to await a probable cause hearing.

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