Public Safety

Cedar Rapids man attempts $1,000 purchase at Fleet Farm with forged check, police say

CEDAR RAPIDS — Police arrested a 47-year-old Cedar Rapids man last week they say was trying to pass a forged check to buy more than $1,000 of merchandise at Fleet Farm in northeast Cedar Rapids.

Daniel J. Abbott attempted to use the check March 11 at the store, 4650 Cross Pointe Blvd. NE, to buy $1,081.23 worth of merchandise, according to a criminal complaint.

The check was from an ImOn Communications checking account at Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust. The bank confirmed the check was fraudulent, according to the criminal complaint.

Police said Abbott was captured on the store’s security footage presenting the check and using his Iowa driver’s license during the transaction.

A search of Abbott’s home turned up additional forged checks on the ImOn Communications account, as well as what appeared to be an original check from the company’s account, police said.

Abbot was taken into custody Friday and faces a charge of forgery.

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