Man facing forgery charges

ELKINS – An Elkins man was arrested on forgery charges for the second time in two months, police said.

Michael P. Crites, 33, was arrested Monday on one count of forgery and one count of uttering, both felonies. Crites was arraigned by Magistrate Ben Shepler, who set a $25,000 cash or surety bond. Crites was being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail at presstime.

According to the criminal complaint, West Virginia State Police officials were notified by a man on Nov. 10 regarding a missing check, which the man claimed was taken from his property on or around Oct. 31.

The man told police that the $550.14 check had been passed at the Wal-Mart in Elkins, according to the complaint.

Police obtained digital video footage of the check being passed on Oct. 31, and were later able to obtain a copy of the sales receipt listing “one Toshiba laptop valued at $399, and two AT&T phone cards worth a total estimated value of $120,” the complaint states.

On the video footage “a thin, adult, white male with short, dark hair” was observed using the check in the transaction, and the male was later identified by the alleged victim as Crites.

In November, Crites was arrested on two counts of forgery, three counts of uttering, and two counts of fraudulent use of an access device, all felonies.