Man Accused of Passing $39,500 Forged Cashier’s Check in Stillwater
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A homeless man, who was arrested in Arkansas City, Kansas, has been charged with passing a $39,500 forged cashier’s check to Stillwater Power Sports for two all-terrain vehicles.
If convicted of passing a cashier’s check bearing the forged signatures of bank officers, Timothy James Hartzell, 36, could be given as much as a seven-year prison term and a $10,000 fine, court records show.
A court date has not yet been set for Hartzell to appear on the felony charge filed in Payne County last week.
The manager of Stillwater Power Sports said that a customer came into the store at closing time, about 4 p.m. on Sept. 16, according to an affidavit by Stillwater Police Detective Richard Leport.
“The customer purchased two side-by-side all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for $39,500,” both Polaris models, and paid with a cashier’s check by presenting an Oklahoma driver’s license under another man’s name, the affidavit alleged.
Later that evening, a former employee told the manager of Stillwater Power Sports that “he had been offered a Polaris ATV for $10,000,” which had been purchased earlier in the day from Stillwater Power Sports, the affidavit alleged.
The manager now suspected the cashier’s check was fraudulent and “had the store surveillance videos uploaded to YouTube,” the affidavit said.
The following Monday, the Stillwater police detective contacted an official with a Wichita, Kansas, bank, who confirmed that the cashier’s check was a counterfeit, the affidavit alleged.
The bank official said “a similar counterfeit cashier’s check had been passed in Arkansas City, Kansas,” the affidavit alleged.
Arkansas City Police Detective Lt. James Holloway said that a counterfeit cashier’s check was used on Sept. 6 to purchase an ATV with the same name of the check as presented in Stillwater, the affidavit alleged.
“I provided Lt. Holloway with an image of the customer from Stillwater Power Sports,” the Stillwater police detective wrote in his affidavit.
“Later that day the Arkansas City Police Department recovered a Polaris ATV abandoned in a field,” with the same vehicle identification number as one purchased from Stillwater Power Sports, the affidavit said.
“On Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2017, I was contacted by Lt. Holloway who advised they had arrested a white male on an unrelated charge that I needed to interview,” who was determined by fingerprints to be Hartzell, the Stillwater police detective wrote in his affidavit.
“When Timothy Hartzell was arrested, he had in his pocket a Stillwater Power Sports envelope containing the bill of sale for each of the Polaris ATVs.
“I met with Timothy Hartzell, who I recognized as the customer of Stillwater Power Sports who presented the counterfeit cashier’s check,” the Stillwater police detective wrote in his affidavit.