Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me six times? No way.
Five black males from the Atlanta area successfully cashed $12,000 worth of stolen and forged checks at First Commerce Bank last week, but the sixth wasn’t so lucky.
When Keith Tyrone Burnett, 43, 380 Edgewood Avenue, SE, Atlanta, presented a payroll check for $41,167.08, the teller — because of the five previous checks — immediately recognized it as a forgery. Police arrived at the bank where Burnett was still in the teller line.
According to the arrest report, Burnett alleged that “some guys picked him up” in Atlanta, telling him he could “make some money” by cashing a payroll check. He claimed he was told to cash the check, put the money in a paper bag and take it to Hardee’s where they would call him on a pre-paid cell phone they’d given him.
Maybe so, but when police ran Burnett’s information, they found he was wanted in Gwinnett County for check forgery.
All six checks were stolen from Hi-Tech Machining Center, Airport Road, Jefferson. According to the incident report, the men who cashed the checks all had valid Georgia identification. One of the suspects is the subject of a forgery warrant in Fulton County.