A man who has been living in a Cary hotel for two years admitted to Wake County sheriff's investigators that he stole "at least" 70 checks from people's mailboxes and had packets of stolen checks sent to him, a search warrant application says.
The investigators said Carl Edwin Parker Jr., 22, told them that he and others avoided human tellers at banks and deposited the checks at ATM machines “to obscure the fact that the check was not made payable to the account holder and/or the individual making the deposit.”
The revelations came in an application made Friday to search Parker’s room at a Red Roof Inn at 1800 Walnut St. in Cary and granted the same day by Special Judge Kendra D. Hill in Superior Court. Investigator J.T. Willis returned the warrant to the court clerk’s office Monday.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Parker on March 9 on warrants charging him with missing court dates on earlier charges. On March 10 and 11, investigators charged Parker with stealing checks, forgery and conspiracy.
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Willis told the judge that Parker confessed during an interview on March 10 “to having taken numerous checks from mail boxes and to having used multiple individuals to deposit the checks.”
Parker and Sadie Alnora Catlett, who investigators said admitted to working with Parker, sometimes altered the checks and sometimes forged endorsements, the warrant application said.
According to Willis, Parker said he had “stolen at least 70 checks” and had received “express mail packages [at the hotel] containing multiple checks that he would have others cash for him.”
The people cashing the checks passed money back to Parker, Willis said.
Catlett, 22, of 5120 Birchleaf Drive in Raleigh was charged with stealing checks, forgery and conspiracy.
The warrant application did not name others who investigators suspect of working with Parker. It also did not disclose the source of the packages of checks that it said Parker reported he received.
The returned search warrant listed one priority mail envelope addressed to Parker at the hotel as the only evidence seized.
Catlett is free on bail, jail records showed. Parker was in custody in lieu of $155,000 bail.
Parker was convicted in Wake County in June 2013 of breaking into or entering vehicles, which is a felony, and misdemeanor larceny. He was sentenced to probation, but officials revoked that in May 2014 and he served almost two months in jail before being released, records showed.