PIQUA – Last month, a resident reported suspicious activity happening with her bank account after checks were being written and cashed out of her account, resulting in an overdrawn account. According to bank records between May 31 and June 20, there were 23 checks totaling $4,708. There were also two other checks totaling $485 that were not cashed due to insufficient funds, according to Piqua police reports.
The checks were written out to either Brooks M. Smith, 19, or Lindsey N. Smith, 19. Brooks Smith was the grandson of the victim. Lindsey Smith, not related to Brooks Smith or the victim, is his girlfriend. They were both reportedly living with the victim on Staunton Street during the time the alleged forgery and theft took place.
After an investigation, an officer spoke with Brooks Smith and Lindsey Smith about the incident on July 27. According to Piqua police reports, Brooks Smith “admitted without any hesitation that he had stolen the checks and forged his name and his grandmother’s signature.”
Brooks Smith attempted to take responsibility for all of the forged checks. According to Piqua police reports, Lindsey Smith reportedly admitted that she, too, forged some checks, deposited them in her account, and then later withdrew the money from her account. When questioned why they had done this, Brooks Smith stated that he was addicted to drugs. Lindsey Smith also stated that she used heroin.
Brooks Smith was charged with fifth-degree felony forgery and fifth-degree felony theft in connection with this connection. Lindsey Smith was charged with fourth-degree felony forgery and fifth-degree felony theft.
In another unrelated incident, Brooks Smith and Lindsey Smith were also reportedly involved in a case of a stolen credit card and debit card along with other items. A resident on First Street told Piqua police that she and her husband had allowed Brooks Smith and Lindsey Smith to stay with them between July 14 and July 21 due to them being homeless. Brooks Smith and Lindsey Smith were then kicked out after the residents had noticed unauthorized charges on her credit card and bank card.
Cash, jewelry, and electronics also reportedly went missing during that time. A DXG camcorder belonging to the victims was reportedly sold to Cashland on July 17. According to Piqua police reports, Brooks Smith reportedly admitted to selling the camcorder as Cashland as well as using the stolen credit and debit cards at Speedway and Walmart. Lindsey Smith also reportedly admitted that she had stolen the credit and debits cards from the victim. Three pieces of stolen jewelry were also reportedly found at Brooks Smith’s residence on Staunton Street.
In connection with this incident, Brooks Smith was charged with two counts of fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property and one count of first-degree misdemeanor receiving stolen property. Lindsey Smith was charged with fifth-degree felony theft.
Brooks Smith is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on $45,000 bond. A court date is set for Brooks Smith on Aug. 5.
All information is provided by Piqua police reports.
Reach Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall