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Grandfather reports granddaughter stole $29,000 from checking account

Mar. 28, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

WAYNE -- The following information was provided by reports filed by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office:

FORGERY/UTTERING: A 72-year-old Wayne man reported on Feb. 21 that his granddaughter stole his checkbook and cashed $29,000 worth of fraudulent checks between Oct. 31, 2013 and Feb. 17, 2014.

The victim said he had no knowledge of his granddaughter's actions before his bank notified him. He provided deputies with photocopies of 47 checks that had been fraudulently cashed.

Cecelia Jane Damron, 19, of Kenova, was arrested on Feb. 26 on 47 counts of forgery/uttering. She provided officers with a written statement advising she had taken her grandfather's checkbook from his home and cashed the checks to buy narcotics.

She remains in the Western Regional Jail on no bond.

ARSON: Jonathan Lee Adkins, 40, of East Lynn, was charged with second-degree arson after a man started a fire in the East Lynn Church of God that engulfed the entire structure about 7:22 p.m. Feb. 1.

The incident was reported by the suspect's sister, who also said he had burned crosses. The suspect left the church on a motorcycle and was located nearby watching the church burn. Officers found two lighters in his pocket.

During an interview, deputies said Adkins told them he used motor oil as the propellant to burn the crosses and he had set fire to the crosses to communicate with God. Deputies noticed what appeared to be motor oil on his shoes, but Adkins did not take responsibility for the church fire.

GRAND LARCENY: An employee of Classic Construction reported on Feb. 21 two air conditioning units located on Ivy Oaks Road, Lavalette, had been vandalized and the copper had been cut out of them. The total damage was estimated to be $3,000.

Follow reporter Kristi Murphy on Twitter, @Kristi_Murphy.

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