Stolen check found |

Stolen check found

Christina Proctor

Checks taken in October burglaries of Stateline-area motels are still surfacing.

Last Monday, a man entered a local supermarket and attempted to purchase merchandise with a forged check from the Lake Tahoe Inn. Clerks at the store informed the man that the check was stolen. He took the check and immediately left the store.

On Sunday morning, a South Lake Tahoe Police officer stopped a vehicle with a man matching the suspect’s description at the junction of Angora Lake Road and Spruce Avenue.

The driver, Justin Blackburn, 23, of Stateline, was arrested on suspicion of burglary, receiving stolen property and forgery in connection with the attempt to use the stolen check. A passenger, Anthony Anderson, 33, of South Lake Tahoe, was also arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine.

According to the police report, Blackburn told officers he found the check. Blackburn also had two probation holds pending on him from Nevada County. The two men are scheduled for arraignment in El Dorado Municipal Court on Wednesday.

The alleged stolen check was believed part of a batch of checks stolen in burglaries from Stateline-area motels. Two South Lake Tahoe men – Gerald R. Hulsey, 29, and Raymond E. Owen, 25 – last week pleaded no contest to burglarizing the Lake Tahoe Inn on Oct. 13 and the Stardust Lodge on Oct. 16. Other checks taken during the two burglaries were cashed at Stateline casinos.

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