Police: Suspect attempted to cash stolen check, left ID behind

Joseph Nelson. (Source: CPD)
Joseph Nelson. (Source: CPD)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police say they are searching for a 43-year-old man who attempted to cash a stolen check in the amount of $400 earlier this week.

Joseph Nelson is wanted for burglary and forgery.

According to an incident report, officers were called out to a home on Morris Street on Wednesday around 6:43 p.m. for a reported burglary.

The victim told police she returned home around 2 p.m. to find her home was broken into and her checkbook was missing.

Police say Nelson arrived at First Federal Bank around 4:45 p.m. the day of the burglary and wanted to cash a check written for $400 using one of the victim's checks. The signature on the check did not match the account holder's signature.

An employee at the bank went into a separate room and called the victim, who stated her checks were stolen and to not cash the check.

While on the phone with the victim, police say Nelson walked out of the bank but left his identification card.

If you have any information on Nelson's whereabouts, call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.

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