Rutherford Man Charged With Forging Checks Locally

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A Rutherford County man has been charged with cashing forged checks at two local markets.

On March 31, Woodbury Police Sgt. Lowell Womack met with Tommy Bell at the police department. Bell stated that his father, A.C. Bell Jr., had been the victim of a home invasion in Rutherford County.

Tommy Bell said his father’s wallet and checkbook were stolen during the incident. He said he had spoken with Detective Phillip Brooks of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department, who informed him that two checks belong to A.C. Bell had been forged in Cannon County and that he would have to file those charges there.

Sgt. Womack contacted Detective Brooks to obtain a copy of the report. Detective Brooks brought a copy of the booking report from Rutherford County, a check he had recovered from the First Stop Market, and a copy of a check cashed at Parsley’s Market, to the WPD on April 2.

Det. Brooks said the suspect, Peter Joyce, was in the Rutherford County Jail.

Det. Brooks also brought a CD with a video of the interview he conducted with Joyce. Joyce admitted to forging and cashing the checks at Parsley’s Market and at the BP next to the Woodbury Police Dept. on the video.

Joyce, 34, of Holly Grove Court in Lascassas, is charged with two counts of aggravated burglary and theft in Rutherford Co. He is also being held for Cannon Co. His General Sessions Court date in Rutherford Co. is June 20.

Sgt. Womack contacted a judicial commissioner and took out warrants against Joyce for forgery and criminal impersonation. A court date is pending in Cannon Co.

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