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Officer, teller put suspected forger behind bars

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - An alert teller at Texas Bank and Trust on Gilmer Road knew something was not right when a customer pulled into the drive-through and tried to cash a check.

"The teller who received the check looked at it and realized the check didn't look right and also the drivers license didn't look right," said Officer Kevin Brownlee, with the Longview Police Department. "She passed it off to an off-duty officer who was working security in the bank...That check had been stolen that morning from somebody's mailbox."

Raymond Roach, 30, was soon questioned by police. He has a lengthy arrest record, and decided he did not want to be arrested again.

"Attempted to place him under arrest and that's when he bolted and ran," said Brownlee.

As backup arrived, one officer sprinted 200 yards through a parking area and caught up with Roach.

Roach was caught in a creek bed area by the fleet-footed officer. But, as he was caught, he began to wildly throw away all the paper evidence, which was later recovered by police.

Police say he had a half dozen stolen checks and did not count on having a sprinter on duty at the bank.

"It's good to have officers in good shape, who exercise and work out and are physically fit and can do things like this so suspects don't get away with crimes like this," said Brownlee.

Roach was charged with forgery and evading arrest. His driver Shelly LaFevre, 38, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Roach remains in the Gregg County Jail on bonds more than $18,000.

Police are investigating how many checks Roach may have stolen.

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