MOUNT VERNON — On Friday, Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster sentenced one man and two women for various felony crimes, according to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher.
William D. Fox, 28, was convicted of possessing stolen checks and complicity in the commission of forgery and theft. Fox was sentenced to an 11-month prison term and ordered to pay restitution to the victim.
Thatcher said that at about 4 p.m. on Nov. 27, 2009, Fox stole a woman’s purse in the parking lot of a Mount Vernon grocery store. The purse contained three books of blank checks and a credit card. Fox and a co-defendant left the parking lot in the same vehicle, then cashed one of the stolen checks in the amount of $1,000 at a bank in Fredericktown. Detective Dave McElroy, Mount Vernon Police Department, investigated the case.
Angela D. Weant, 26, Marengo, was convicted of stealing two blank checks from an 88-year-old female relative in Centerburg, on Aug. 30, 2009, and then forging the victim’s signature on the checks on Aug. 31. Weant was sentenced to an 11-month prison sentence.
Erin E. Novo, 24, Centerburg, was convicted of stealing two blank checks from a friend’s house on Aug. 24. Novo was sentenced to a three-year term of community control supervision, including a mandatory drug and alcohol assessment and monitoring. Novo’s 11-month prison sentence will remain suspended while she serves her term of supervision.
Thatcher said Novo’s friend discovered the theft when her bank called her to report that someone had attempted to pass the checks in Columbus.
Deputy Tim Light, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the Weant and Novo cases.