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Moses Lake woman arrested for trying to cash stolen check

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MOSES LAKE, Wash. -

Thursday evening, Moses Lake Police Department officers were dispatched to a downtown bank for a report of a woman trying to cash a stolen check. The teller had noticed that the payee on the check had been scratched out, and the name “Taylor Oakland” had been written over the original payee, which was still visible. Suspicions aroused, the clerk called police.

When officers arrived, they contacted 23-year-old Taylor Oakland, who was initially unsure who she had gotten the check from, and asked if she could just leave. Finally, Oakland said she got it from a friend of her boyfriend’s mother. The owner of the check was contacted and confirmed she had not written a check to Oakland. Oakland was arrested and booked into the Grant County Jail on possession of stolen property and forgery charges. An additional stolen check was visible inside the car. 

The vehicle Oakland was in was impounded and a search warrant was served. That investigation is still ongoing, but additional stolen checks, stolen mail and other personal banking information (account numbers and PINs) were located in the car, along with drug paraphernalia. Officers are still working to identify and contact all of the victims. Additional charges against Oakland are pending in this case, and several other similar MLPD cases.

The Moses Lake Police Department urges people not to use unlocked mailboxes to send or receive items of value. Mail theft is rampant in our area, and can lead to serious identity theft issues. Our best recommendation is to avoid sending checks in the mail at all, and pay bills electronically where possible. 

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