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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — A $10,000 arrest warrant was issued by District Court Judge Kevin Miller Tuesday for a Ketchikan man accused of writing more than $7,000 in bad checks.
Larry A. Gray, 27, of Ketchikan remained at large Friday, according to Deputy Police Chief Josh Dossett.
On Tuesday, Gray was charged with nine counts of second-degree forgery and a single count each of second-degree theft and attempted second-degree theft.
According to testimony from police Det. Derek McGarrigan, the owner of a local flooring company where Gray worked said Gray had forged the owner’s signature on several company checks made out to Gray and attempted to pass them at the two banks where he kept business checking accounts as well as at a local retail store. The business owner said he hadn’t authorized Gray to use the checks and also that Gray had admitted over the phone and by text to doing so.
Nine checks allegedly were stolen.
Gray allegedly cashed seven of them between Jan. 11 and Jan. 18 in the amounts of $390, $600, $400, $600, $410, $300 and $470. Gray allegedly tried to pass an eighth check for $4,506 but was unable to convince the bank tellers it was legitimate and left the check at the bank. Gray allegedly tried to pass the ninth check for an unknown amount at a retail store but the check was rejected and handed back to him.
McGarrigan said Gray had confessed to stealing and forging the checks in an interview. Police also obtained surveillance allegedly of Gray in the banks as well as the store on the days of the alleged frauds.
As of Friday, police had not found Gray.