FD man charged in $14k check spree
A Fort Dodge man is facing felony charges for allegedly writing more than $14,500 in fraudulent checks and robbing a man at gunpoint in July.
Kearie R. Patterson, 28, is charged with two counts of second-degree theft, forgery, second-degree robbery, second-degree fraudulent practices and ongoing criminal conduct, a class B felony.
He made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Friday and has a preliminary hearing set for Aug. 22. He is being held on a $55,000 bond.
Patterson is accused of wearing a ski mask and showing a gun to rob Zahid Ali at the Liquor and Tobacco Outlet July 11, according to charging documents.
Ali told police that he had just closed the business and was walking outside shortly before 3 a.m. when he was approached by a man armed with a handgun who demanded money.
Police arrested Patterson on Thursday after he allegedly used a check from his closed Frontier Community Credit Union account to make a down payment on a 1993 Chevrolet Caprice at Shimkat Motors.
Charging documents say the check was for $3,293.75.
Patterson is also accused of printing a $4,876 check to himself, “acting as if the check was from the business name ‘Liquor and Tobacco Outlet.'”
That incident resulted in a charge of second-degree theft.
According to the charging documents, Patterson got the account information from the business.
Patterson is accused of signing the check as if he was the owner of the Liquor and Tobacco Outlet.
He’s accused of cashing it.
Patterson is also charged with forgery.
He faces another second-degree theft charge for allegedly writing checks totaling $6,423.64 to Bomgaars from the closed account in his own name.
The documents say Patterson knew Frontier Community Credit Union would not honor the checks.
Patterson is also charged with fifth-degree theft for stealing items worth less than $250 in the liquor store incident.
Detectives and patrol officers developed information through leads, evidence, witness interviews and search warrants, leading to multiple arrest warrants being issued for Patterson, according to Fort Dodge police.
“These came together as a result of the good work of the officers in their initial response, the partnership with citizens and with the Webster County attorney’s office,” Police Chief Tim Carmody said in an email.