Possible aliens jailed after local businesses suffer theft
Misty Thomas Reporting
(Leitchfield, KY)-After a short foot pursuit Friday (April 17th), Leitchfield Police Officers Bryan Langdon, Brandon Brooks and Brandon Cook apprehended a man who was wanted for cashing stolen checks at a local bank.
A second man was arrested shortly after when he was found in Sav-A-Lot.
The two Hispanic men walked into Wilson & Muir Bank in Leitchfield and presented the teller with payroll checks on two local Leitchfield businesses. The bank employees found the men dressed in black, to be suspicious and alerted the local authorities.
Leitchfield Police Detective Gary Troutman said the owners of the stolen checks said they had no idea they even had payroll checks missing until his investigation began. He said both owners said they remembered having a Hispanic man come into their stores and asked about employment.
Troutman said both men were lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center on $10,000 full cash bonds each. He said INS would be assisting him with the investigation and said he was not for sure if the men were legal immigrants since they presented ID that was in contradiction with the names the men originally gave authorities.
Lesvin Garcia (20) of Nashville, TN and Edwin Prado Pedroza Catalino (24) of Madison, TN were both charged with Display/Possession of Cancelled/Fictitious Operator License, Criminal Possession Forged Instrument-1st Degree, Identify Theft by Deception-Include Cold Checks Over $300, Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd Degree on Foot.
Troutman said more arrest are forth coming and said he was not for certain how many more people were involved but was sure there were at least two more suspects involved in the scam.
Troutman said he wanted to plea with business owners to put their checks in a locked area inside of their businesses.