Woman is arrested for alleged involvement in stolen check case

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Juneau resident Roberta Jean White, 32, was arrested for her alleged involvement with a ring of people who stole checks and other property, police announced Monday.

White was charged with burglary and a multiple counts of forgery, the Juneau Police Department said.

Police allege that White, possibly with an accomplice, broke into a Mendenhall Valley home on or before New Year's Eve. The residents returned and found checks, artwork, jewelry and other property gone.

On Jan. 3, Heather Schimanski tried to cash one of the stolen checks at Fred Meyer, according to the police. She fled the area when a store employee called the police, but was found a short time later and arrested.

Police allege Schimanski also was involved in November and December with cashing payroll checks that were stolen from a downtown business.

About 10 checks from the residential burglary in December were cashed at various businesses and banks, where employees did not check the identification of the person cashing the check, according to police.

A search warrant was executed on White's home in the valley on Jan. 7. Property from the residential burglary was found along with evidence linking White to a burglary of a valley business. That burglary is still under investigation, police said.

Police also found mail taken from valley mailboxes in White's home. Some of the outgoing mail contained checks, and incoming mail contained credit card applications and credit card information. Investigators recovered mail linked to about 30 valley residents, according to the police.

On Jan. 28, police received information about White's location. Officers forced entry into her home and arrested her without incident, they said. She was lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

The investigation is ongoing and more accomplices are being sought, according to police.

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