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Gaston man charged with stealing mom's checkbook, writing checks

Posted July 22, 2009

— A Gaston man is accused of stealing his mother's checkbook and writing several checks to three Roanoke Rapids businesses – Drug Co, Walgreen’s, and CVS/Pharmacy.

Halifax County Sheriff’s Deputy J. Sealey arrested Bobby Dale Turner on Monday. 

He was charged with 21 felonies and one misdemeanor, including seven counts of forgery of instrument, seven counts of uttering forged instrument, seven counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and one count of misdemeanor larceny.

Turner was being held on a $10,000 bond.


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  • ladybug_1558 Jul 24, 2009

    To all those that are talking about this man, you need to get a life. You don't know this man or his family. I personally know them. Yes he did wrong. I thought that these comments were supposed to be approved, eventually not because some of them should not have been posted. He is not as old as you think. He has a medical condition. He has a family that found these comments and are very hurt. Those of you who don't know them mind your own business. This family is going throught enough.

  • gokart27 Jul 23, 2009

    I have known this guy for a long time and there are a few things i want to clear up. He is younger than he looks he has had a kidney transplant and is on dialysis waiting another one. His mother has always taken good care of him. Now i do not know what lead to him stealing checks from his mother nor do I know what he purchased from the drugstore. I am sorry I can not provide you with full details but I did want to clear up that he is very sick with a serious health condition.

  • bonnnie Jul 23, 2009

    He looks like he could use some help!

  • msmac0622 Jul 23, 2009

    This is very sad.....for both the mom, and her son. He looks terrible...I suspect he's alot younger than his picture tells. My first thoughts would definitely be drug addition...it will lead even the best of people down the darkest of paths...even to steal from your loved ones...your own mother. There's so many unknowns about this story....such as what lead him in this direction...it's very sad...I hope they will both get the help, they need.

  • larieke Jul 22, 2009

    JAT, I'm with you on this one. It is hard to make judgement without knowing the whole story. But one thing is certain--it is ALWAYS a felony to sign someone elses name.

  • donnaferguson Jul 22, 2009

    Sad and shameful.

  • JAT Jul 22, 2009

    obviously, his mother would be quite old. wonder if she told him to take the checkbook and go get meds and she just doesn't remember it?

  • LibertarianTechie Jul 22, 2009

    do these pharmacies check ID?

  • Caveman93 Jul 22, 2009


  • in2horses Jul 22, 2009

    Why didn't the stores check id?? For sure the checks had a "womans" name on them?? Even Wal-mart ask for your DL when you write a check!