Store Owner Aids in Arrests of Fraud Suspects

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

Quick thinking by a local store owner keeps a car load of suspected crooks from cashing in.

Sheriff investigators believe as many as 15 suspects in four cars drove from Houston to Brazos County Friday with the goal of passing forged payroll checks reported stolen from Sanderson Farm.

They say four of those men arrived at the Sunrise convenience store on Leonard Road where they attempted to cash the checks using fake identification. The owner got suspicious and called authorities, but not before locking the suspects inside the store and himself in the office.

Arrested were Oswaldo Castillo, 42, Elvin Madrid, 29, Jose Marquez, 25, and Erik Pineda, 23. All are charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.

At least two other area stores reported that they had already cashed similar checks.

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