Local denies check forgery charges, drugs, burglary

Published 11:01 am Friday, May 25, 2012

An Austin man accused in a series of check forgeries and one related burglary pleaded not guilty Thursday in Mower County Court.

Ryan Charles Ball, 27, pleaded not guilty to third-degree burglary, check forgery and fifth-degree drug possession, all felonies. He also pleaded not guilty to two gross misdemeanor check forgeries in a separate case.

A woman alleges that Ball stole two of her checks sometime on April 24, forged them and tried to cash them at a grocery store. Surveillance videos captured Ball cashing the checks at the store on two different occasions according to the report. Days later, Ball allegedly stole the same woman’s work key, entered her place of employment and stole several company checks. The court complaint adds a bank cashier recognized Ball and confirmed when he cashed the checks. Police arrested Ball on May 8 and also found a methamphetamine pipe with traces of meth, according to the complaint.

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Ball posted bond at $15,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 26.