Cheyenne temporarily charged with attempting to cash a fraudulent check

A 43-year-old Cheyenne transient is facing felony charges after allegedly trying to cash a fraudulent check at a Cheyenne bank.

According to the accounting sheet, on Monday, June 10, at approximately 5:23 p.m., police were dispatched to First Interstate Bank, 4612 Rue Terre, on a report of a person attempting to cash a fraudulent check.

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Police say that while en route, the dispatcher reported that the suspect was in the bank’s drive-thru, wearing a blonde wig and a white sweatshirt and was believed to be in her 30s.

Police say they made contact in the driveway with a woman matching the description provided, who identified herself as Ashley Barton.

Police say they later discovered that the woman, Crystal Dawn Crabtree, had falsely identified herself.

Police say Crabtree attempted to withdraw funds via a check for $2,069.96, but when the bank contacted the person issuing the check, the person told him the check was not authorized.

Crabtree was arrested and booked into the Laramie County Detention Center on charges of interference with a peace officer – no injury, a misdemeanor, and possession of forged writings and forgery devices, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, fines up to $5,000, or both.

Crabtree was also found to have an outstanding Cheyenne Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of interference and shoplifting ($100-$300).

Judge Mark Moran signed the order on September 21, 2015.

Crabtree made her first appearance in Laramie County District Court on Tuesday morning, June 11, where her bond was set at $2,000 cash and her preliminary hearing was scheduled for June 17 at 10:00 a.m.

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