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Scottsbluff man facing forgery charges after stealing nearly $1,000 from father

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After a nearly one month investigation by the Scottsbluff Police Department, a 26-year-old man is arrested for forging checks and using unauthorized credit cards. 

On Friday, Dustin Leonhardt of Scottsbluff faced a Scotts Bluff County judge.

In court, Judge James Worden set Leonhardt's bond to $5,000 with a 10% cash provision.

Leonhardt is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 23rd at 10:00 a.m. at Scotts Bluff District court.

Scottsbluff Police arrested Leonhardt on Thursday morning on the charges of  unauthorized use of a financial transaction device, criminal possession of a financial device, second degree forgery, and criminal possession of a forged instrument. 

On May 24th, police were notified that a retirement check in the amount of $189.45 belonging to Leonhardt's father was cashed earlier that month at Cheema's Gas and Liquor. 

Several weeks later, the father told police an inactive Home Depot Credit Card now had seven separate transactions during a five day span totaling nearly $750. 

Surveillance footage shows Dustin involved with each charge, swiping the stolen card and then forging a signature for the purchase. 

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