Elkins man jailed on fraud charges

ELKINS – A Randolph County man is being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash bond after being arrested on fraud charges, police said.

Michael Crites, 33, of Elkins, was arrested Friday on two counts of forgery, three counts of uttering, and two counts of fraudulent use of an access device, all felonies, after police were contacted by Christine McCauley on Oct. 21 to file a report of breaking and entering of her automobile, according to the criminal complaint.

McCauley “reported that some person(s) (sic) had broken the window out of her vehicle and stole her purse which contained her checkbook,” and then used her checks at Wal-Mart in Elkins and Lynn’s Service Station, according to the complaint.

Police obtained surveillance video at both Wal-Mart in Elkins and Lynn’s Service Station, which allegedly depicts Crites using the checks at the locations, according to the complaint.

The checks used at Wal-Mart totaled $412.27, according to the criminal complaint. Crites was also allegedly seen signing the computer signature pad at the register at Wal-Mart and departing with merchandise, the complaint states.

The store clerk at Lynn’s Service Station received another check on a separate occasion on the same account for a total of $150, according to the complaint.

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