Police: Man arrested after trying to cash forged check

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By Sarah Bennett

A Louisville man was arrested Wednesday in Elizabethtown after police said he attempted to cash a forged check at The Cecilian Bank on Ring Road.

Anthony R. Croswait, 39, is charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Elizabethtown police responded at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to the 2920 Ring Road location of Cecilian Bank in regards to a suspect attempting to cash a forged check, according to a news release.

In his interview with police, Croswait said a man picked him up in Louisville and told Croswait he could make “a couple hundred dollars for his efforts in cashing a check,” according to the release.

Croswait said the man was driving a silver or gray SUV, according to the release.

EPD spokesman Virgil Willoughby said Croswait did not provide a name for this man.

Croswait told investigators this man called someone as they were driving toward Elizabethtown and made a stop at a McDonald’s in Lebanon Junction, according to the release.

After going inside to meet someone, Croswait said the man returned with a check and clothes for him to change into, according to police.

According to Croswait, the man dropped him off “up the street” from the bank, police said.

“He was to cash the check and then walk down to the Goodwill store corner of (Josale Drive and Ring Road),” the release said. “If Croswait was not successful in cashing the check, he was to walk the opposite direction from the Goodwill store to the AAA office.”

According to EPD, officers responded to the area quickly but were unable to locate the described man or SUV.

Croswait is lodged at Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of $5,000 cash.

He was arraigned Thursday via video feed in Hardin District Court and is scheduled to appear Jan. 2 for a preliminary hearing.

According to Kentucky Revised Statutes, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument is a Class D felony, which is punishable by one to five years in prison if found guilty.

Willoughby said the second suspect likely would face the same charge when located.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.