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Update: Kingsport woman charged with forging checks stolen from grandmother in Johnson City

Staff Report • Oct 24, 2013 at 11:38 AM

A Kingsport woman was charged Wednesday with burglarizing her grandmother's Johnson City residence and forging checks stolen in the burglary.

Monica P. Adams, 24, 1362 Watauga St., Kingsport, arrested after police learned that she had passed checks stolen in the burglary Friday, Johnson City police said.

In a court record, police said Martha Hicks and her son, Jeff Hicks, reported Monday that someone had entered the residence through an unlocked door on Friday and rummaged through belongings in her bedroom. Among the items missing was a .32 calibre revolver.

Martha Hicks also told police one of her checks had been cashed by her granddaughter, Adams, for $500. Adams also had tried cashing a second check on Sunday for $450, but the bank did not cash it after contacting the victim. Both checks were made out to Adams with her grandmother's signature forged.

Adams was arrested Wednesday in a traffic stop and taken to the Johnson City Police Department, where she confessed to taking the checks, but she said she took nothing else. A book of her grandmother's checks were found in Adams' vehicle, police said.

Adams was charged with aggravated burglary, theft and two counts of forgery. She was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $25,000 bond pending a Sessions Court appearance today.

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