Suspect in Riverdale check fraud case arrested

Mar 12 2012 - 9:05pm


Joshua Michael Beckstead
Joshua Michael Beckstead

RIVERDALE -- After disappearing for a few days, a suspect in a check-passing case was found Saturday in the bed of a pickup truck.

Riverdale police arrested Joshua Michael Beckstead, 31, on suspicion of forging checks in Riverdale and surrounding cities, said Riverdale Police Lt. James Ebert.

Beckstead got the checks from various people, Ebert said, but the total amount stolen is unknown.

"The forgery is a felony in and of itself," he said, "so it doesn't matter what the total is."

Detective Joel Pippin had been working on the case until Beckstead dropped out of sight for two or three days.

Police received a tip that Beckstead had been spotted in the area, Ebert said, but it is unknown why he returned.

When officers found Beckstead, he had false identification papers.

Police believe Beckstead was trying to flee the state and assume a new identity, Ebert said.

Beckstead has been booked into Weber County Jail on suspicion of five counts of failure to appear, two counts of possession of forged writings and five counts of forgery.

His total bond is set at $35,000.

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