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THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Deputies say a Thomasville man used a stolen checkbook to write more than $4,500 in illicit checks.

The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office began investigating on June 10 when the treasurer of New Jerusalem Lutheran Church on Old Highway 64 in Lexington reported two of the church’s checkbooks had been stolen from her home. The checkbooks each contained 25 checks.

Deputies say the treasurer’s estranged husband, 51-year-old Vernon Mitchell Hayes, had written 11 checks using the stolen checkbooks. The written checks amounted to $4,500.

Two of the stolen checks were written to the suspect’s daughter, 31-year-old Crystle Dawn Hayes of Lexington, deputies said.

Vernon Hayes and Crystle Hayes were both arrested. Vernon Hayes is charged with 11 counts of forgery, 8 counts of uttering forged endorsement and one count of misdemeanor larceny. He is being held on a $20,000 secured bond. His daughter is charged with two counts of uttering forged endorsement.