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Man cashed seven checks using checkbook stolen from woman's mailbox, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Mar 01 2013 02:13:38 PM CST
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

A man cashed seven checks totaling more than $2,000 in the past week using a checkbook that was stolen from a woman's mailbox, officials said.

Robert D. Howard was taken into custody Thursday at the National Penn Bank branch at 920 West Broad St., Bethlehem, while cashing one of the checks, officials said.

Howard admitted to cashing all seven of the checks worth a total of $2,050, saying they were given to him by an ex-girlfriend, officials said.

 Howard also cashed checks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the National Penn Bank branch at 920 West Broad St. as well as at the 44 East Broad St., Bethlehem, branch on those days, officials said.

 Howard used checks from a checkbook that was stolen on Feb. 23 from a mailbox in the 500 block of Pawnee Street, Bethlehem, officials said, adding that the woman who owned the checkbook did not realize it was stolen until she was contacted by the bank on Wednesday.

 Howard, 59, of 829 Cibby St., Bethlehem Twp., Northampton Co., was arraigned on charges of forgery and receiving stolen property and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $12,000 bail, according to court documents.

 A preliminary hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. March 8.