A expensive refrigerator stolen in a check forging scheme has been returned. The person who had it claimed to have bought it from someone not knowing about the crime. Its an update to a Fact Finders investigation last week.
A check forging couple shopped the Nebraska Furniture Mart one too many times. Lou Costanzo of store loss prevention says: They’re going to write another bad check and we were going to be ready for them."
So after a three day shopping spree the suspects returned once more. This time they are arrested. In previous trips to the mart the couple had passed seven thousand dollars in forged stolen checks using a phony id to match.
Jim Cahill the Mart loss prevention manager says, " To put all these checks through it would have required three fake ids and manufactured themselves and they were not bad."
The phony checks used to buy several expensive laptops and smart pads. Besides nearly five thousand dollars in electronics the check forgers made off with a refrigerator. They told investigators they traded it all on the street for drugs and a place to live.
When one suspect attempts to buy 17 hundred dollars more in merchandise with another forged check and id mart security and Omaha police swoop in for the arrest.
Then in the parking lot the woman is confronted in the couple's car and taken into custody.
Cahill says if they were coming to the Mart and going on shopping sprees with these forged checks the likelihood they were going to other retailers is pretty high.
Jason Belt and Regina Palma are now housed in jail. Though both used a variety of phony ids both face charges for forgery.