March 12, 2015

Man charged with taking check from employer, cashing it

A Marathon man stole a checkbook from his employer, forged his signature on a check and cashed it at the bank. He was arrested Wednesday for the crime.

36 year old John Lawrence worked for a floor cleaning business based on Big Pine Key. According to Detective Diane Mimosa, in January he entered his employers work truck and took a checkbook from inside. He then wrote a check to himself for $700 and cashed it at the bank. He also took his employer’s work van without permission and failed to return it.

The van was later recovered from a location in Marathon where the suspect left it. Inside the van, deputies found the stolen checkbook. The van had damage from an accident on the side of it. In the van was a copy of an accident report form from Key West Police with Lawrence’s name on it listed as the driver of the van.

A warrant was issued for his arrest and on Wednesday he was booked into jail. He was charged with burglary of a vehicle, grand theft and uttering a forged document.

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