Crime

Missing Volvo leads to warrant arrest for forged checks

Theft warrants dating to 2012 put a former Key Largo man into the Monroe County jail Monday.

Phillip D. Edwards, 25, faces seven felony counts for crimes including forging checks, grand theft and auto theft, according to Monroe County Sheriff's Office booking information. He apparently had been in custody in Orange County.

In late 2012, Edwards reportedly stole five blank checks from a relative's business, then filled in cash amounts and forged the signatures. A friend agreed to cash the checks for Edwards. Total loss was put at $570.

On Jan. 2, 2013, a woman who befriended Edwards called the Sheriff's Office to complain that Edwards took her 2005 Volvo station wagon from Key Largo, along with $80 in cash, without permission.

Edwards said in phone calls and texts to the owner that he would return the car but it was still missing when a Jan. 9, 2013, warrant was issued, detectives reported. The status of the car was not available at press time.

He remained in custody Tuesday under bonds of $25,600.

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