Alleged crime spree in Cerro Gordo County nets man with 6 felony charges

A Clear Lake man is facing six felony charges after police say he created a fake Facebook profile to buy a vehicle along with using stolen checks at locations throughout the county.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 10:29 AM
Updated: Nov. 8, 2017 10:29 AM
Cerro Gordo County, Iowa – A Clear Lake man is facing six felony charges after police say he created a fake Facebook profile to buy a vehicle along with using stolen checks at locations throughout the county.
Anthony Woodraska, 28, is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on the following charges:
  1. Two counts of second-degree felony theft.
  2. Three counts of felony forgery.
  3. One count of felony ongoing criminal conduct.
According to court documents, Woodraska contacted a victim on Facebook to arrange the purchase of a Dodge Ram truck for $2,520 on Aug. 27. The documents state Woodraska created a fake profile and paid for the vehicle with a stolen check at McDonald’s in Clear Lake.
Prior to that on Aug. 7, Woodraska allegedly met a victim in the parking lot of 4151 4th St. SW in Mason City to purchase a 1998 Ford F-150 truck for $2,500.
The check used was verified by the victim’s bank to be fake and no funds were available. The defendant did receive the truck.
In June of this year, Woodraska allegedly stole a check book and used it in early August, using 14 checks totaling $966.25 at Hy-Vee locations in Mason City.
From Aug 4-7, he allegedly forged seven stolen checks at Hy-Vee Drugtown in Mason City totaling $535.49. The defendant was seen on CCTV during all seven forgeries purchasing merchandise, including alcohol and cigarettes.
Also during Aug 4-8, the defendant allegedly forged seven checks to Hy-Vee West in Mason City totaling $430.76. The defendant was seen on CCTV during all the forgeries, again purchasing alcohol and cigarettes.

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