Four accused of stealing, forging checks


Four people have been arrested on charges they cashed three stolen checks at a grocery store in Cattaraugus County.

State Police began investigating three weeks ago after a Freedom woman told troopers that three personal checks had been stolen from her and were cashed at the Fresh Market in Franklinville.

In all, four people are now facing charges of second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and second degree forgery

  • Matthew Bellaus, 21, of Franklinville – arrested January 19
  • Stephen Frank IV, 21, of Franklinville – arrested January 21 – additionally charged with petit larceny
  • Matthew Grimes, 20, of Salamanca – arrested February 6
  • Katherine Looms, 25, of Franklinville provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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