Bogus checks bring burglary charge

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly used bogus checks to buy items from a store then return them for cash has been charged with burglary.

Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said Damien Davis, 35, who listed an address in the 300 block of East Park Avenue, was arrested Wednesday for purchases he allegedly made on April 24 using checks that appeared to be on the business account of the Hendrick House in Urbana, where he was employed several years ago.

"Someone created the copied checks," Morgan said, adding that with the right equipment "you can produce checks that will pass some of the basic security measures." Davis allegedly bought a stove vent fan and a window air conditioner at a Champaign store on April 24, then returned them immediately for a cash refund. Those purchases exceeded $500 and he allegedly made several smaller purchases with the checks at other businesses, Morgan said.

Hendrick House officials became aware of the bank account activity two days later and reported it to police, who have been investigating since.

If convicted, Davis faces penalties ranging from six to 30 years in prison. Judge Tom Difanis set his bond at $15,000 and ordered him to be back in court July 3.

 

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