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Springdale Police Work with Secret Service to Bust Mail Theft, Check Forgery Ring

SPRINGDALE -- Springdale police say reports of checks being stolen from mailboxes led to the bust of a large check forgery operation.
SPRINGDALE -- Springdale police say reports of checks being stolen from mailboxes led to the bust of a large check forgery operation.

On June 25, 2014, the Springdale Police Department says they began receiving reports that stolen checks were being cashed and forged at banks around Northwest Arkansas.

Springdale Detectives talked to Shawn Cox, William Bashlor and Angelina Elliott, who's names appeared on the forged and cashed checks along with aliases.

Later, all three were arrested on several felonies.

Further investigation led detectives to 705 McKinney Drive in Springdale which they say was the base of the operation. Police and U.S. Secret Service members searched the home. Detectives and Agents found computers, scanners, printers, stolen checks, stolen mail, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.

Spencer Mason, Candice Watkins, Christopher Evans and Michelle Mast were arrested on numerous felony charges after the search.

Police later found another suspect, Erick Pickering, at the La Quinta in Springdale.

Police say these eight were stealing checks out of mailboxes, altering them, then cashing the checks at local banks, totaling $20,000. They also face charges for making fake identification cards and fake checks.

According to police, Secret Service assisted in the investigation because of the bank fraud incidents. United State Postal Service assisted because of the thefts from mailboxes. (See the full arrest and charge list below.)

All suspects were taken to the Washington County Detention Center. The investigation is still ongoing.


Arrest & Charge List

Christopher Evans30yoaTheft of Property (F)
Forgery 2nd Degree (F)
Continuing Criminal Enterprise (F)

Michelle Mast35yoaForgery 2nd Degree (F)
Continuing Criminal Enterprise (F)

Candice Watkins26yoaTheft of Property (F)
Forgery 1st Degree (F)
Forgery 2nd Degree (F)
Fraudulent Use of Credit Card (F)
Continuing Criminal Enterprise (F)

Spencer Mason32yoaTheft of Property (F)
Forgery 1st Degree (F)
Forgery 2nd Degree (F)
Fraudulent Use of Credit Card (F)
Continuing Criminal Enterprise (F)
Poss. Controlled Substance (F)

Erick Picker-Ramirez34yoaTheft of Property (F)
Forgery 1st Degree (F)
Forgery 2nd Degree (F)
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (F)
Continuing Criminal Enterprise (F)



William Bashlor29yoaForgery 2nd Degree (F)
Theft of Property (F)
Burglary – Residential (F)
Continuing Criminal Enterprise (F)

Angelina Elliott29yoaForgery 2nd Degree (F)
Attempted Forgery (F)
Continuing Criminal Enterprise (F)

Shawn Cox31yoaForgery 2nd Degree (F)
Continuing Criminal Enterprise (F)

Addresses of the arrested, range from Springdale & Fayetteville, AR to Colcord, OK and Katy, TX.
 
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