Man, Woman Arrested on Multiple Charges After Trying to Cash Stolen Check

Man, Woman Arrested on Multiple Charges After Trying to Cash Stolen Check

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA – One man and one woman are behind bars on several charges after attempting to cash a stolen check.

Odessa Police tell NewsWest 9, they were called out to Kwik Kash in the 2800 block of Andrews Highway in reference to a forgery in progress.

Dispatch reported that a male and female subject in a black Chevrolet Silverado were attempting to cash the stolen check.

Officers made contact with the man and woman and they were identified as Ricardo Garcia, 30, and Berta Mendieta, 21.

Officers then made contact with personnel at Kwik Cash and they reported to police that the bank verified that the check was invalid and that the ID card given didn't match the description of the male passenger in the vehicle.

An investigation revealed that both Garcia and Mendieta were trying to cash a stolen check in the amount of $17,500.

Mendieta and Garcia were both taken into custody for forgery by passing.

However, as officers were searching the pair, they found more than 10 pieces of identifying information that belonged to several victims.

According to the report, officers also found several altered checks along with several blank checks. Officers also found a check template in a backpack that had been altered with several names and addresses taped on the check to make copies of them.

Detectives later discovered a large assortment of mail belonging to 18 different victims. Other items found included personal and business checks, identification cards belonging to other victims, bank statements, credit cards, insurance cards, tax records and vehicle titles.

The report stated that Garcia was found to be in possession of 16 checks valued at over $25,000 whereas Mendieta was found to be in possession of four different checks valued at over $39,000.

We're told the stolen property belongs to victims from Hobbs, Seminole, and Andrews were turned into Criminalistics as evidence.

Garcia and Mendieta have been charged with fraudulent use of identifying information ten or more, forgery by passing and forgery by possession. Garcia also was arrested for a theft warrant.

Officials say a four month old child was inside the vehicle at the time of their arrest. The child was released to Child Protective Services.

Odessa Police are currently working to contact the victims.