Two Oklahoma City men are detained in the Carter County Detention Center pending charges of theft and the manufacture and use of counterfeit checks.
Rickey A. Lindsey, 44, is detained on a $15,000 bond pending charges that could include four counts of uttering a forged instrument, theft and possession of methamphetamine. Lindsey’s alleged accomplice, 22-year-old Justin Alsept, faces a potential charge of obtaining merchandise by fraud. Alsept is also detained on a $15,000 bond.
Ardmore Police Department detectives began searching for the duo Wednesday morning after being contacted by a local motel concerning check fraud and theft. Security video at the Veterans Boulevard inn provided descriptions of the two men as well as the vehicle in which they were traveling, and evidence of the counterfeit check operation was obtained from a room the twosome had rented.
A short time later, Officer Kevin Kropp and Cpl. Dewayne Adams, APD Patrol Division, apprehended the pair after Kropp spotted them in the 300 block of North Commerce Street.
Formal charges are expected to be filed today by the district attorney’s office, and the duo could make initial appearances in Carter County District Court this afternoon. But Lindsey and Alsept also have criminal troubles awaiting them in other counties as well.
Court records show there is an identity theft arrest warrant for Lindsey in Canadian County. That charge was filed May 8. In addition, Cleveland County has issued a warrant for his arrest based on a June 2013 charge of knowingly concealing stolen property. Even if Lindsey posts bond in the Carter County case, he won’t be free to leave the jail, because warrant “holds” have been placed on him from the two other counties.
There are no outstanding felony warrants against Alsept, but he is scheduled to make a pretrial appearance in Oklahoma County District Court May 30. Alsept was charged with entering premises with intent to steal copper in August 2013. He waived preliminary hearing in the case last month and was bound over for trial.