Cowlitz deputies seek fraud suspects

By Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith



The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help to identify three suspects, two men and a woman, who have allegedly accessed residents’ checking accounts with computer-generated checks. The checks have been used since late November at the Woodland and Longview Walmart stores, both Longview Safeway stores, the Longview RadioShack and the Kelso Sears. The checks have also been passed in Vancouver and Portland.

The suspects’ photos were captured in surveillance footage.

o A male suspect appears to be in his mid-20s, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build and blond or light brown hair. The surveillance shows him wearing a black hat that says “Dallas,” and has a gold sticker on the bill. He’s wearing a dark, oversized sweatshirt with a Nike logo; on another occasion he’s seen wearing a white Hart & Huntington hooded sweatshirt. He’s also wearing teal or green shoes.

o The female suspect appears to be in her mid-20s and about 5 feet 4 inches tall with a medium build and shoulder-length brown hair. She’s pictured wearing a black sweatshirt with a heart-shaped logo on the front and “Live Pink” written on the left sleeve.

o A second male suspect appears to be in his mid- to late-20s, 6 feet tall or taller with brown hair and some facial stubble.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Rob Stumph at 360-577-3092. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 360-577-1206.