An Ankeny woman was arrested Tuesday after allegedly stealing a checkbook and forging checks to purchase about $3,500 in merchandise and lottery tickets.
Genny Leigh Miller, 38, of 1981 S.E. Four Seasons Drive, Ankeny, was arrested on charges of first-degree theft, two counts of forgery-theft of lottery tickets and nine counts of forgery.
According to court records, Miller allegedly forged nine checks between Sept. 4 and Sept. 27 at Casey’s stores in Ankeny, Des Moines and Polk City and at Wal-Mart stores in Altoona, Ankeny, Des Moines and West Des Moines.
The checkbook was allegedly stolen from a Woodward man, who reported the theft to law enforcement Sept. 30. Investigation of the victim’s bank records by a Dallas County Sheriff’s office detective revealed the forgeries worth $3,472.54.
The detective then “collected the transactions and store security videos” at the retail stores and “observed the same white female passing the forged checks,” according to court records.
An arrest warrant for Miller was issued Oct. 17 in Dallas County District Court and served Oct. 22 by a Dallas County Deputy Sheriff.
Miller is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $100,000 cash or surety bond. She is scheduled to make an initial appearance Oct. 23 in Dallas County District Court.
Miller has prior convictions for theft in Dallas County, Page County, Montgomery County and Adams County.
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