Two Men Face Criminal Charges in Check Forgery Bust [VIDEO]
RICE -- Two men face several criminal charges, including check forgery, after an arrest Friday morning.
The incident happened just before 10:30 a.m. at the Hardware Hank store in Rice. Police Chief Ross Hamann says they received a call the men were trying to pass a fraudulent check.
Twenty-six-year-old Cordez Nordlund and 24-year-old Michael Stegura gave the manager a list of items they wanted to buy worth over $1,300, and gave them a check which was filled out except for the dollar amount. The manager became suspicious and told them he would call the bank to verify the check.
The men said they were going to McDonald's and would return later. When they returned, the manager had determined the check was fake and called police.
When police arrived Nordlund left the store and began to run away on foot. He was later found by a state trooper hiding inside a nearby car and arrested. Police also say Nordlund had two outstanding warrants.
Stegura was arrested at the scene. According to the charging complaint, police found a plastic bag containing methamphetamine, several counterfeit bills and two counterfeit driver's licenses during a search of the men's property.
Both men were taken to the Benton County Jail awaiting their first court appearance.