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Warrant issued for man forging checks in Perkins
By Patti Weaver Journal Correspondent

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Glencoe man accused of passing six forged checks totaling $1,520 on a rural Perkins woman's bank account to a Perkins grocery store and making five false declarations of ownership of her coins to a Perkins pawn shop, all last fall.

Lucas Charles Stonecipher III, 41, had worked for the woman and lived in her barn, according to an affidavit by Perkins Deputy Police Chief Steve Hensley filed in court records last week.

If convicted of six counts of second-degree forgery and five counts of false pawn declaration, Stonecipher could be sentenced to 67 years in prison, according to the charges that were filed by prosecutor Debra Vincent on Dec. 20.

The rural Perkins woman reported on Nov. 18 she had learned from the Stroud National Bank in Perkins that six checks had been written on her account and cashed at Williams Grocery in Perkins, the deputy police chief's affidavit said.

She said that she had not reported the theft of her checks to the Payne County Sheriff's Office, the affidavit said.

Perkins Police Chief Bob Ernst later that day advised the deputy police chief that a bank official told him Stonecipher had pawned a ring and coins at 33 Pawn in Perkins, the affidavit alleged.

When the woman was asked if she was missing a ring and some coins, she said "she and her mother do have a coin collection, but she hasn't looked to see if any of their coins were missing," the affidavit said.

The next day, the woman reported "she had one gold coin that was stolen out of her mother's safe that was in her closet, one 500-coin set of nickels and two box sets of 250 nickels.

"She also stated she has some half silver dollars, gold dollar coins and some silver dollars missing, but is unsure how many," the deputy police chief wrote in his affidavit.

When the owner of the 33 Pawn shop in Perkins was contacted, "he told me that Stonecipher came in different times and sold him 43 half dollars, 36 gold dollars, a 250-nickel set, 20 gold dollars and three $25 gold coins," the deputy police chief wrote in his affidavit.

Video from Williams Grocery store on Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 shows a male standing at the front counter of the store -- who matches the photo on Stonecipher's driver's license, the affidavit alleged.

When the Perkins deputy police chief phoned Stonecipher, "After I told Stonecipher why I was calling, there was a long pause, then he replied 'ok,'" Hensley wrote in his affidavit.

Advised that Hensley needed to speak to him about allegedly cashing the woman's checks and pawning her coins, "Stonecipher told me he was in Ada and couldn't make it to Perkins this week, but he could come to the police department Monday, Nov. 25," which he never did, the deputy police chief wrote in his affidavit.

Stonecipher also did not call him back after the deputy police chief left a message on his phone, the affidavit said.

The owner of Williams Grocery called a cell phone number that Stonecipher had given when he applied for a job at the Perkins grocery store, the affidavit said.

Since that call went to Stonecipher's voice mail, the grocery store owner then called an emergency phone number that Stonecipher had listed on his job application, the affidavit said.

The grocery store owner said that a woman answered that phone number and said that the cell phone number Stonecipher had listed was correct, the affidavit said.

The grocery store owner said that the woman told him "she couldn't tell him the address, but she heard he is staying with his father," the affidavit alleged.

When the grocery store owner again called Stonecipher's phone number, Stonecipher "told him he needed the money to pay bills, and he didn't have any money left," the affidavit alleged.

Stonecipher told the grocery store owner, "he didn't know the amount of money of the checks he wrote, but it was a bunch," the affidavit alleged.

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