Public Safety

Complaint: Marengo man used forged check to buy $1,300 in items from Cedar Rapids Walmart

Brandon D. Eckrich
Brandon D. Eckrich

CEDAR RAPIDS — Police have arrested a Marengo man who they say tried to use a forged check to buy more than $1,320 worth of items from a Walmart in southwest Cedar Rapids.

Brandon D. Eckrich, 38, faces charges of forgery, interference with official acts resulting in bodily injury, possession of license or ID card forms and fifth-degree theft, according to the criminal complaint.

Police said Eckrich tried to pass a stolen check at Walmart, 3601 29th Ave. SW.

The check was associated with ButcherBlock Steakhouse on Boyson Road NE.

An officer attempted to make contact with Eckrich at the store, but he fled, police said. Police caught Eckrich, according to the complaint, and he struggled with officers as they took him into custody.

Eckrich had fake identification that he used when trying to pass the forged check, police said.

Police said warrants were out for Eckrich’s arrest. The Linn County Jail website showed two holds were placed on Eckrich — one from Johnson County and the other from Benton County.

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