A homeless couple from Nashville who financed their living passing stolen checks they found in an abandoned building have been charged with theft after their spree came to a sudden end.
The suspects, Johnathan Dunn and Jessica Boehmer, have been bound to the grand jury on the charge of felony theft.
Their charges come after police stopped them when they fled the local Kroger store where it had been discovered they had been passing stolen checks there, taking Kroger for a $1,235 ride with 10 stolen checks.
A search of their vehicle netted checks from a business called Adams Sign Company from Nashville. It was learned the couple had been passing the checks at various locations throughout the Midstate, including businesses in McMinnville.
“They had even passed one for their car tags at the clerk’s office here,” said McMinnville police investigator Todd Rowland in his testimony against Dunn during preliminary hearing.
During his investigation, Rowland said he learned the couple had been living at homeless shelters in Nashville until they ran up on a building abandoned after the Nashville floods. Inside Dunn found a stash of checks belonging to the sign company and began passing them at various locations in Nashville.
“He passed one at Rivergate Mall and after that went through he started passing more,” Rowland noted, pointing out Dunn admitted passing up to 45 checks in Nashville alone. “Then they came here during the holidays to visit with family here.”
That was when Rowland said they began passing the checks, especially at Kroger where they would buy American Express gift cards. When the checks came back stolen, Kroger management was waiting on them when they returned.
As for Boehmer, she used a fake ID to help pass the checks. She tried to pass the fake ID to officer Jared Jacobs when they were pulled over after they fled Kroger, but he noticed the picture on the license was not of Boehmer, netting Boehmer an additional charge of criminal impersonation. It was later learned Dunn had stolen the ID from a woman at Bonnaroo. The victim now lives in Chicago.