A 43-year-old Shorewood woman is facing charges after she allegedly stole checks from a West Allis man and cashed two of them at a Wauwatosa bank.
Sandra Tyner was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with two counts of forgery. If convicted, she faces up to 12 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.
According to police reports and the criminal complaint:
At 2:30 a.m. May 3, the victim left a tavern near his home in the 1000 block of South 61st Street, West Allis, where he met Tyner and had a “friendly conversation” before inviting her back to his house. Tyner stayed at his home until 8 a.m., then left.
Two days later, the man discovered he was missing $200 from his bank account and two checks had been cashed at inside Pick 'n Save, 6950 W. State St. in Wauwatosa.
He went to the bank at about 10 a.m. and learned that checks on his account had been cashed for $100 each on Friday and Saturday. He asked that his account be closed.
Less than two hours later, Tyner entered and tried to cash another check from that account, also for $100.
The teller said he was suspicious immediately because Tyner “looked like a crack head with no teeth." He checked records and saw that the account she was trying to access had been closed, then stalled her and notified his manager.
He recognized her and told her he would have to call the owner of the checks. He turned away, and Tyner left the bank.
However, she left her driver’s license behind. It didn’t take police long to find her, and she admitted she had stolen the checks while spending the night with her victim. She said she took the checks to support her cocaine habit.
Tyner has been turned over to the JUSTICE 2000 program while awaiting trial.