47-year-old Ian Adrian Ward of Bridges Avenue in Hildebran was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, uttering a forged instrument, and forgery of an endorsement.
According to a news release issued Tuesday (January 14), on December 23, 2019, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a check being stolen from a residence on Piedmont Road in Morganton. According to the victim, the check was deposited at the State Employees Credit Union in Rutherford College in the suspect’s name.
The victim also reported the suspect had been doing work in the home and had access to the checks during that time. Detectives with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division obtained video footage of the suspect depositing the check into his account using an ATM.
During an interview with Detectives, the suspect admitted to taking the check as well as two other checks from a residence in Caldwell County while working at that residence. Ward was arrested and placed in the Burke County Jail under $15,000 secured bond. He is not currently listed as an inmate. Ward’s next District Court date is January 31.