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      Three wanted by Albany police for fake check scam

      Albany police say that they have arrested 28-year-old Brian Wesley McKever for attempting to cash a fraudulent check using the I.D. of Steven Thomas. / Dougherty County Jail


      First Update (1/17/14)
      Albany police say that they have arrested 28-year-old Brian Wesley McKever for attempting to cash a fraudulent check using the I.D. of Steven Thomas.

      McKever has been charged with forgery in the 3rd degree.

      Police say they believe each suspect used fake I.D.'s in their attempt to cash the fake checks.


      Initial Story
      The Albany Police Department need the public's assistance with locating three men they say attempted to cash three fake checks at three separate Albany banks last month.

      Police say that the events happened on December 19, 2013 when the first man went to the Region's Bank on Sylvester Road at approximately 12:45 p.m. Tellers noticed that the check was fake then alerted the two other bank branches after the man fled the scene. At approximately 1:07 p.m., a second man tried to cash a second fake check at the Region's Bank on West Broad. The third man arrived at the third Region's Bank location on South Slappey at approximately 2:08 p.m.

      None of the checks were cashed due to the very alert bank personnel.

      Police say that all three men left their licenses and the fake checks after fleeing each of the banks.

      They are searching for 44-year-old Keith Newsome for the Sylvester Road case, 39-year-old Steven Thomas for the West Broad case, and 23-year-old Garrick Phillips in the South Slappey case.

      If anyone knows the whereabouts of the three men, they should contact the Albany Police Department's Criminal Investigations Bureau at 229-431-3288 or they can call Crime Stoppers at 229-436-TIPS.

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