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3 arrested after trying to cash stolen check

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Three people were arrested after they tried to cash stolen checks at a Center Grove area bank, police said.

Kelly Gamblin, 35, of Hazelhurst, Ga., was arrested for six charges of theft, and one charge of fraud, deception, criminal gang activity and forgery. Martin Flowers, 23, and Craig Frazier, 29, both of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., each were arrested on six charges of theft, and one charge of identity theft, forgery, criminal gang activity, fraud and resisting law enforcement.

Police said they tried to cash checks that had the names of other people Tuesday at a bank on State Road 135, according to a report from the Greenwood Police Department.

Police found more than $12,000, six checkbooks, and numerous stolen debit and credit cards, all with the names of other people on them, the report said. Police said they got thousands of dollars by forging checks belonging to other people, Greenwood assistant police chief Matt Fillenwarth said.

An employee at the First Merchants Bank located at 996 State Road 135 became suspicious when Gamblin offered two pieces of identification, both of which turned out to have been stolen, without being prompted to do so. A computer search showed that the name on those items was a Carmel woman who reported them stolen from her car April 11, according to the police report.

When police arrived at the bank and approached the vehicle in the drive-up window, Flowers and Frazier ran. Frazier was caught in the parking lot of a Target store, just north of the bank. Flowers was found coming out of the nearby Applebee’s restaurant in the same area. He tried to run, but police caught him in a nearby parking lot after using a Taser that caused him to stumble and fall, according to the report.

Gamblin told police she arrived in Indianapolis on Monday and met Frazier and Flowers at a motel. She did not answer any other questions because she felt she would be in danger if she talked, according to the report.

Flowers told police he knew Frazier stole the checks from vehicles or in burglaries, and had seen him forge many of those checks for varying amounts. Frazier denied being in the vehicle and said he was leaving the restaurant because the line was too long, according to the report.

Frazier and Flowers were released from the Johnson County jail on $36,000 bond. Gamblin was held Thursday on $35,000 bond.

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