An alert teller at Chase Bank in Central Point foiled a man's plan to cash a stolen check today, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department reported in a news release.
The clerk became suspicious and called the owner of the account the check was written on, confirming that the account holder wasn't in the bank trying to cash a check and hadn't written a $1,000 check to the man — identified as Nicholas Morris, 33, of White City — who was at the bank, the news release said.
After getting off the phone with the bank teller, the account holder called 911 at about 11:30 a.m.
The bank teller returned to the counter to speak with Morris, but he was gone. Witnesses at the bank said that Morris had left the bank in a taxi. Detectives tracked down the taxi and discovered that Morris had been dropped off at the Super 8 Motel in Central Point.
Morris was found at the motel and deputies arrested him without incident. After further investigation, Morris was linked to a second identity theft case, in which he allegedly cashed a bonus payroll check at the Wells Fargo Bank in White City on Tuesday, the sheriff's department reported.
Morris is charged with first-degree forgery, first-degree attempted theft, identity theft, second-degree forgery and second-degree theft. He is lodged in Jackson County Jail on $48,000 bail.
The case remains under investigation, and investigators are looking into the possibility other suspects could be involved.
— Mandy Valencia