A 32-year-old Davenport man is facing numerous forgery and theft charges after he allegedly cashed checks belonging to his dead stepfather’s checking account.

Casey David Jones, of 5022 N. Dittmer St., is charged with seven counts of forgery, one count of third-degree theft and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

At 3:16 p.m. Monday, officers were dispatched to the Casey’s General Store, 6278 N. Pine St., about a person attempting to pass a bad check, according to the arrest affidavit filed by Davenport Police Cpl. Jacob Pries.

Officers confronted Jones, Pries said.

Jones allegedly had in his possession carbon copies of four checks he had written to the Casey’s General Store on Pine Street. He allegedly cashed checks there twice on Jan. 4 and once each on Jan. 7 and 8. All four checks totaled $369.39. Each of the checks were returned to the store unpaid.

The checks were on the account of Robert J. Verplaetse, whom police said was Jones’ stepfather.

Verplaetse died on Feb. 28, 2010, according to the arrest affidavit.

During their investigation, police also found carbon copies of three checks that Jones had allegedly written on his stepfather’s account to the Casey’s General Store at 3700 W. Locust St. One of those checks was cashed Jan. 7, while the other two were cashed Jan. 8. Those three checks totaled $301.78.

While police were arresting Jones on Monday, they located in his pocket a small pipe used for smoking illicit drugs.

Jones is being held in the Scott County Jail on $7,000 bond. Forgery is a Class D felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to five years upon conviction.

Third-degree theft is an aggravated misdemeanor that carries a prison sentence of up to two years upon conviction.

Police said they are trying to determine whether Jones cashed any other checks at local stores that were returned unpaid.

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