Last updated: June 17. 2014 4:08PM - 2094 Views
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KINGSTON — Police charged Edward Lee Engelman, 34, of Noxen, with cashing checks stolen from a former employer at a bank on Wyoming Avenue.

Engelman was caught inside Honesdale National Bank on Tuesday attempting to cash a check, police said.

Police allege Engelman had stolen checks from Rutkoski Fencing where he was employed for about a year until he was terminated on June 8. Engelman cashed four checks totaling $6,060 from June 3 to June 10, and attempted to cash a fifth check on Tuesday when he was arrested outside the bank, according to the criminal complaint.

Police said Engelman was in possession of 33 empty heroin packets, four heroin packets and a syringe when he was arrested, the complaint says.

Engelman was arraigned by District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston on charges of forgery, theft, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal attempt to commit theft. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.

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