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Two men charged for cashing stolen checks

(Gillette, Wyo.) It all started with a a set of mismatched signatures. According to court documents, Matthew Hammond, 25, and David Carlson, 27, were passing off stolen checks they'd acquired some time at the beginning of the month. Two checks, totaling $300, were cashed February 8th. Bank employees noticed the signatures on the checks were for the same name, but in different handwriting. February 12th, the men tried to cash another suspicious check in the Bank of Gillette drive-thru. Tellers alerted police. When officers arrived, Hammond, who was driving, claimed to not know what was going on, that he was just helping his friend cash a check. Officers learned that he had a suspended license, his 8th driving under suspension citation in the past year, and his second in the past month. One of the officers allegedly saw Hammond stuff something from his pocket to the driver's side door. When they asked him to exit his car, he instead climbed out the window, claiming the door did not open. A K9 unit on scene was then used to sniff around the car, and indicated there may be drugs inside. Carlson was asked to step out of the car to be frisked, which is when officers discovered a baggie of marijuana in his front pocket. A search of the car turned up a bag that contained what looked like prescription pill bottles, as well as syringes, a spoon, marijuana, a scale, and baggies. Stuffed on the driver's side was a Crown Royal bag, containing a meth pipe, a baggie of Spice, and baggies with meth inside. Hammond claimed ownership of the Crown Royal bag, but Carlson alleged did not claim ownership of the other bag containing the scale and pills until police re-interviewed him at the detention center. Hammond was arrested for driving under a suspended license, but after police consulted with the Campbell County Attorney's office, he was also charged with two counts of forgery, and possession of methamphetamine. Carlson was arrested for possession, and was charged with forgery, conspiracy to commit forgery, possession of marijuana, and possession of controlled substances in pill form. He had two prior misdemeanor possession convictions in 2014 and 2015. All told, law enforcement recovered the stolen check, .1 grams of meth, 4 grams of marijuana, and amphetamine and Alprazolam pills. The forgery charges each carry a possible sentence of 10 years and/or a $10,000 fine. They appeared in court on Tuesday and their bonds were set at $7500 each. #county17 #news