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Man arrested for cashing stolen checks

Police arrested a 32-year-old man Thursday for cashing stolen checks at two Peoples State Bank locations.

Bloomington Police Department Lt. John Kovach said officers were called to the Peoples State Bank's north location on 202 W. 17th St. after Charles Cooper attempted to cash a check for $2,369.50. A bank employee recognized the check as one previously reported stolen from a local property company.

Cooper told police he was approached by two men Thursday at a Speedway gas station in Indianapolis, where he lives. They told him if he cashed the checks for them, he would receive $500 per check. He said the men drove him to Bloomington where he cashed a check for around $2,000 at the bank’s downtown branch before going to the north location.

Kovach said both the checks and the bank involved were local to Bloomington.

Police found cash on Cooper but no other checks, Kovach said. When police attempted to arrest him, Cooper attempted to get away but was caught by police. He was charged with two counts of theft, two counts of forgery and one count of resisting law enforcement.

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