Man sought for check fraud in Columbia

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 | 12:49 p.m. CDT; updated 1:35 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 1, 2010

COLUMBIA – Police were looking for a man Thursday, who they say altered personal checks to buy groceries and get cash at a Columbia grocery store.

On Monday, Columbia Police were called to Gerbes Supermarket, 205 E. Nifong Blvd., after the store manager reported two people had used checks with altered account numbers in the store. The pair purchased items and received cash back using checks with the name Jeffrey Bell, according to a police news release.

Police said Bell, sometimes working with an accomplice, might have been involved with other fraudulent cases involving payroll checks.

Warrants have been issued for Bell's arrest for forgery and parole absconding in Boone County.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 874-7652, or CrimeStoppers at 875-TIPS.

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