Court dates are coming for the four Clay County residents accused of being involved in a mail stealing operation.
Gabriel Pearce, Matthew Hoskins, Harry Dickison Jr. and Erica Foster were arrested in January and have since been charged on a variety of charges, including forgery, fraud, possessing stolen property and theft. All have court dates scheduled for next month.
The investigation began in December when the Brazil City Police Department started investigating fraudulent payroll checks being made and cashed at local banks and businesses.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office got involved on Jan. 3, when mail was reported stolen from the Staunton area. One piece of mail stolen was a personal check that Dickison allegedly tried to later cash.
Further investigation led authorities to Foster and Hoskins, who detectives deemed were allegedly involved in the mail theft and in the cashing of fraudulent checks, according to a CCSO report.
Hoskins was arrested on Jan. 8 and later charged with fraud and possession of stolen property.
Foster was arrested on Jan. 10 and later charged with possession of stolen property, false informing and fraud.
CCSO detectives later determined Pearce's involvement. They also found that mail had been stolen from several Clay County residents' mailboxes and multiple personal checks had been stolen.
Pearce was arrested on Jan. 26, as was Dickison. However, Dickison's arrest came much later as he was allegedly evading police because of other outstanding warrants, the CCSO report states.
A CCSO deputy located a Chevrolet Camaro on SR 42 that authorities believed was being used by Dickison. A traffic stop found Pearce driving the vehicle and Dickison the passenger.
Dickison was charged with two counts of forgery, two counts of theft and for possession of marijuana. His next scheduled court appearance is a pre-trial conference on March 24.
Pearce, meanwhile, was charged with three counts of theft, three for receiving stolen property and another for possession of marijuana. He is scheduled to appear in Clay Circuit Court on March 3 for a bond reduction hearing.
Hoskins and Foster both have pretrial hearings scheduled for March 4 in Clay Circuit Court.
All suspects remained in the Clay County Justice Center Tuesday night on $10,000 bond.