Man Arrested After Attempting to Cash Stolen Checks

(BLOOMINGTON) – Bloomington Police arrested a 32-year-old Indianapolis man Thursday attempting to cash stolen checks at two Peoples State Bank locations.

Bloomington Police officers were called to the Peoples State Bank on West 17th Street 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 on 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 one of the checks for around $2,000 at the bank on Kirkwood Avenue before going to the north location to attempt to cash a second check.

Police attempted to arrest Cooper but he attempted to flee but was eventually caught by officers.

Cooper was arrested on charges of theft, two counts of forgery and one count arresting arrest.