A Watauga man suspected of trying to use checks stolen from an elderly woman’s mailbox in North Richland Hills has been arrested, police said.
William Bryant Inman Jr., 40, was being held Wednesday in the Tarrant County Jail on charges of parole violation and felony identity theft. Bail was set at $200,000, according to jail records.
North Richland Hills police arrested Inman after he was identified by a viewer watching TV news reports that included video surveillance of a man trying to pass checks at stores in three North Texas cities.
Investigators say the checks were stolen Oct. 31 from the mailbox of a house in the 8000 block of Laura Street and were “fraudulently used” Nov. 1.
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Investigators determined that the checks had been used at Sam’s Clubs in Fort Worth, Irving and Grapevine. In-store surveillance cameras videotaped the man.
Inman was “positively identified by a person that had observed the news story on local media last week,” said investigator Keith Bauman, a police spokesman.
“Due to that tip, Inman was later arrested and charged with ID theft,” Bauman said.
According to court records, Inman has a criminal history dating to 1997 with arrests in cases involving forgery, fraud, theft of check, credit card abuse, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.