A Hempstead County Deputy was dispatched to the John Deere Tractor Company on Hwy 278 West near Hope Monday morning in reference to a theft. Upon arrival the deputy made contact with an employee who said an elderly white male came into the store and stated he was looking for some chainsaws to buy for his three nephews who were going to go into the logging business.
The employee stated the elderly male purchased three STIHL chainsaws in the amount of $1,692.49 using two checks as form of payment. The first check in the amount of $922.15 and the second check in the amount of 770.34.
The employee stated that something just didn’t seem right to her so she went outside to get the tag number off of a brown GMC Envoy that the elderly male was a passenger in. The vehicle displayed a paper tag. She also stated that there was a black male sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and she stated they had spoken briefly.
The employee stated she had gone back into the store and proceeded to continue with the transaction and accepted the checks as forms of payment. She stated upon completion the elderly male exited the store and got into the Envoy and headed towards Hope.
The employee stated that after the subjects left the store she called the bank that the checks were written on to verify if the checks were good. She stated that they advised her the account the checks were written on were not good and the account had been closed.
Investigators are working on determining the identity of the suspects
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