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"Check Washing Bandit" strikes

Posted February 25, 2014

Cumberland County deputies are looking for the “Check Washing Bandit” after she attempted to fraudulently cash a $6,436 check at a bank.

— Cumberland County deputies are looking for the “Check Washing Bandit.”

A woman entered the First South Bank in Hope Mills on Feb. 18 and attempted to fraudulently cash a $6,436 check.

A veteran clerk at the bank became suspicious. She knew the client didn’t write personal checks from his business account, investigators said.

The suspect used an identification card that was reported stolen from a local Walmart.

The suspect is described as a white female with long brown hair (she wears it pulled back from her face), weighs approximately 170 pounds and is of average height.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s identity or whereabouts is asked to contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500.


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  • earnyourownway Feb 26, 2014

    had this happen to us a couple of times. nothing ever done to catch these thieves in our case. postal inspector did nothing, bank didn't care or sheriff's office. nice to see a teller going above what her job description is. makes you wonder how any criminals get caught.

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 25, 2014

    I bet they already have her picture in their files.

  • busyb97 Feb 25, 2014

    Good for the client that he uses a bank that have face-to-face tellers who knew him. Unlike my bank - you never know who you'll get on the video screen and they deal with customers all over the Triangle, not just that branch.