MO man pleads guilty to using stolen checks to fund spending spree

A Missouri man entered a guilty plea to stealing checks and forging three of them in a two-day spending spree to make almost $3,000 in purchases at two Mountain Home stores.

The plea came during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday. Thirty-seven-year-old Myles Morgan was put on probation for five years. He has paid restitution of slightly more than $2,950 to the victim.

The check theft was reported to police in July 2017, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Morgan, who listed an address in Thayer when initially booked into the Baxter County Detention Center, was identified as a suspect in the case when police provided the victim with surveillance video and pictures of transactions involving the stolen checks. The victim could not identify the person on the surveillance footage and posted the pictures to social media, leading to Morgan's eventual arrest.

According to court records, Morgan cooperated with investigators, showing them items on his property purchased with the stolen checks.

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