South Strabane police obtain warrant for theft suspect

November 9, 2016
Anastasia Michelle Kline

South Strabane Township police obtained a warrant Monday for a Beaver Falls woman who allegedly stole more than $15,000 from a bank by opening an account with a bad check.

Anastasia Michelle Kline, 21, is wanted on 18 counts of forgery and nine counts each of bad checks and theft by deception.

Detective Ken Torboli learned of the incident from the bank’s compliance officer Oct. 4. Kline reportedly opened a checking account at Washington Financial, 255 Murtland Ave., by depositing $25 in cash on Sept. 29. She presented a valid state identification card that listed her home address more than 60 miles away from the branch, police said.

Kline then allegedly drove about four miles from the Murtland location to a second bank branch where she deposited a check for $2,090 that was returned four days later as an “altered or fictitious item.” The bank on which that check was written showed no customer by that name, and the address belonged to a Target store in Michigan.

The day after Kline opened the account, she allegedly made transactions at eight different bank branch locations from McMurray to Canonsburg to Hickory over a three-hour period. Police said she cashed eight checks, each for $1,885.33 and purportedly drawn on the account of a home health agency, for a total of $15,082.64. Kline reportedly was captured on surveillance video at each of the branches while making the transactions.

Police determined the bank from which the bogus checks were drawn had no customer with the name of the home health agency, nor is there such a business registered in Pennsylvania. The street address listed for the business was that of a gasoline station.

Torboli said Kline has ties to the Washington area. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call police at 724-225-8111.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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