A Terre Haute man faces multiple theft and forgery charges after allegedly stealing checks from Clay County mailboxes, forging his name on them and trying to cash them.
Those and other charges were filed against Harry E. Dickison Jr. on Thursday in Clay Superior Court. He appeared via video in court on Monday, where he was appointed a public defender and his bond and future court dates were set.
The investigation began on Jan. 3, when a rural Brazil resident reported his mail stolen, including a check for more than $2,000. Ten days later, a second rural Brazil resident reported his mail stolen, including a more than $200 check written to pay a debt.
Court documents state that on Jan. 3, Dickison tried to cash the check from the first victim.
"The check ... had been altered by someone using a black marker to change the name of who the check was written to as well as they had traced over all other ink writing written with the marker," according to the affidavit of probable cause in the case written by Clay County Sheriff's Department detective/sergeant Jerry Siddons.
The second victim's check was cashed on Jan. 17. Further investigation found the check had been altered and endorsed by Dickison.
Dickison faces two counts of forgery, Class C felonies; two counts of theft, D felonies; and a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana. He also has two separate pending criminal cases filed against him in Clay County.
Dickison remained jailed Monday on bond.