Oxford police say man tried to cash forged checks
by Rachael Brown
rgriffin@annistonstar.com
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Alan Jeffery Gross
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Oxford police charged a man Wednesday afternoon with attempting to cash two fake checks and were searching today for three more suspects in unrelated forged check cases.

Alan Jeffery Gross, 47, of Anniston, was charged with two-counts of possession of a forged instrument, a felony, according to a police report.

Oxford Lt. L.G. Owens said Gross tried to cash a check Wednesday afternoon written for $1,754 at BB&T on Hamric Drive. Owens said a bank employee turned Gross away because the check was suspicious and contacted Oxford police.

A few minutes later, police were called to Noble Bank and Trust on U.S. 78 where Gross was trying to cash another forged check, Owens said.

The second check was worth $1,875, Owens said. Gross was unable to cash either check and was apprehended by Oxford police at the second bank. Owens said Gross was using a Maryland driver’s license, but he lives in Anniston.

Gross was in the Oxford City Jail this afternoon, Owens said. Bond is set at $5,000. A court appearance is scheduled for July 25.

Owens said police were also investigating three more cases of forged checks reported this week.

On Monday, two men tried to cash checks from Bolton Chiropractic Center in Anniston at Noble Bank and Trust in Oxford, Owens said. Two bank tellers helping the men both called the business to ensure the checks were real. Owens said the men left before the tellers got off the phone and both left their driver’s licenses at the bank.

The licenses left behind led Oxford police to search for Everett Harris, 48, of Jacksonville, for trying to cash a fake check worth $1,461, and Erskine Thomas, 51, of Selma, for attempting to cash a forged check written for $1,296.

On Tuesday a man cashed a forged check for $1,294 at the Alabama Teacher’s Credit Union on Snow Street in Oxford, the lieutenant said. The check was written by Jones Chiropractic Clinic in Gadsden, Owens said, but the suspect did not work there. Owens said police reviewed the credit union’s video surveillance and a warrant for the suspect was pending.

All three suspects could be charged with felony possession of a forged instrument.

Police believe the account and routing numbers of the businesses were taken from checks left in mailboxes over the weekend, Owens said. Owens advised local businesses that have payments mailed to offices to have an employee pick mail up on Saturday or ask that the mail be held until Monday.

Staff Writer Rachael Brown: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @RBrown_Star.

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