DECATUR — A Decatur man has been booked on a preliminary charge of forgery after police said he made out a stolen business check to himself for more than $1,200.

A sworn Decatur police affidavit said the 54-year-old man was arrested Monday. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney’s Office.

The affidavit said the owner of a used vehicle dealership had just moved into property in the 3100 block of North Woodford Street on March 5 when he saw the man, and several other people, moving around among various boxes holding his belongings. The affidavit said the owner had never met the man, and it didn’t list a reason for him being there.

One of the boxes contained business checks, and the owner was contacted by his bank after one of these checks — for $1,285 — was presented at a Decatur bank on March 5.

The affidavit said video surveillance identified the man, who deposited most of the money and kept $500 in cash, as the same person the owner had bumped into March 5. The owner told police he had never written a check to this man.

A second sworn affidavit said that after the man was arrested officers found a small bag on the passenger floor of the squad car that held just less than 5 grams of methamphetamine. The bag was found close to where the man had been sitting and a review of car video surveillance showed the man “dropping something on the floor,” the affidavit said.

He was then booked on an additional preliminary charge of possession of methamphetamine.

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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