Police: checks stolen from Charleston home were cashed on Grand Strand

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police are hoping surveillance photos will lead them to a woman who allegedly cashed checks that were stolen from a West Ashley home last month.

Surveillance cameras show the female suspect cashing the checks Jan. 21 at CVS pharmacies in Georgetown, Pawleys Island and Hemingway. "Through the surveillance tape we have some pretty good photos of the person we think is cashing the checks," said Charleston Police Cpl. Fred Bowie. "It doesn't necessarily mean this is the person who stole them, but this is the person that passes them."

Investigators don't know why the suspect drove so far away to cash the checks. "One of the means we used to trace things like this, the paper trail, the checks bouncing at the bank and that sort of thing," said Bowie.

Bowie also said it's probably no coincidence the forged checks were passed at the pharmacies. "I think probably since she got away with it at the first business and that she picked duplicate businesses," he said.

The suspect hit all three pharmacies on the same day, Jan. 21, just a few hours apart. "If it's credit cards, if it's checks, they try to use them as fast as they can because they know very quickly the owners try to shut that avenue off," said Bowie.

Police believe the female suspect had an accomplice.

The getaway car is believed to be silver sedan. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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