The Pennsylvania State Police Troop N – Hazleton Criminal Investigation Unit is investigating a Theft/Fraud/Forgery that occurred on Airport Road, Hazle Township, Luzerne County between May 23, 2019 – June 6, 2019.  

Actor(s) removed several bank checks from the Victim’s roadside mailbox.  The Actor(s) proceeded to “wash” the checks, altering the amount and payee.  The Actor(s) then deposited the checks at two different local ATMs and immediately withdrew the funds.  

Two of the checks were successfully withdrawn in the amount of $7,231.51.  A third check was attempted to be cashed but was denied due to a stop payment, in the amount of $1,900.   

ATM video surveillance images were obtained from:

1. PNC Bank, 200 W. Broad Street, Hazleton PA, on May 27, 2019, at 8:52 PM

2. Wells Fargo Bank, 7 N. Kennedy Drive, McAdoo PA, on May 28, 2019, at 8:33 PM

Both ATMs captured images of the same individual making the deposit/withdrawal.

The third check ($1900) that was attempted to be cashed was done at an M&T Bank ATM located at 303 Main Street, Fort Lee, NJ, on June 6, 2019, at 5:10 PM.  The image obtained from this transaction did not provide any leads.

Any persons with information regarding this incident or if you can identify the pictured individual(s) are asked to contact the PSP Hazleton Station at 570-459-3899 and speak to Tpr  Walck or you can contact the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers if you have information on this crime, any serious crime, or wanted person, call the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477) or online at

All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD.

All information is accurate as of Release Date.  

Media Release #2657

Thursday, May 23, 2019

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