POLICE SEEK CHECK FORGER

February 07, 2001 12:00 am

The Brookings Police Department is seeking information about a woman who has forged eight to 10 checks on a Brookings couples account.

The checks are written on an account at U.S. Bank that belongs to a couple with a Harbor address, police said. The name of the couple and an exact address are not being released at this time, police said.

The forged checks began appearing in mid-January, said Officer Barbara Palicki. The owners of the checks reported the forgery to police, she said.

The check numbers are in the 4000 series. Palicki said merchants may think a high series number indicates a secure account, but certain measures should be taken.

Merchants should look at a drivers license and compare it with the person writing the check. The photo on the drivers license should be checked by feel, Palicki said.

A picture that is fraudulent will be a slightly raised because it has to be glued over the original photo, she said.

Palicki advises merchants to write down the drivers license number on the check rather than having the customer do it. She said that the suspect in this case has written the number four different ways on the forged checks.

The suspect is described as a white adult woman with longer than shoulder-length brown hair. She is in her late 40s, about 5 foot, 3 inches tall and heavy set, Palicki said.

Palicki said there may be a second, younger woman involved.

Police are concerned the suspect may attempt to forge checks in the Gold Beach area.

All merchants in Gold Beach should be alert to anyone matching this description attempting to utilize out of area checks, police said.

If merchants suspect a check is being forged, they should contact the police right away, Palicki said. If the suspect leaves, the merchant should get a license plate number.

For information, contact the Gold Beach Police Department at (541) 247-6671 or the Brookings Police Department at (541) 469-3118. Anyone with information are encouraged to contact the Curry County Crimestoppers toll-free hotline at (888) 974-0000. Callers may remain anonymous.

Callers providing information leading to an arrest can win a reward of up to $1,000.