Willie A. Alsanders
Willie A. Alsanders
Two South Bend men are facing theft, forgery and fraud charges after allegedly paying for merchandise with fraudulent checks.

Willie A. Alsanders, 42, South Bend, is charged with check fraud, a Level 6 felony; and forgery, a Level 6 felony.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed July 20, on Feb. 14, 2020, Warsaw police were dispatched to Menards in regards to a fraudulent check being used. Upon arrival, police spoke with the manager who said on Feb. 11, 2020, a man, later identified as Dyllan Stockberger, 22, South Bend, wrote a check on an account from Teacher’s Credit Union for $3,021.66 to purchase home security systems, a refrigerator and a range. Warsaw police contacted the woman who had the account and she stated she didn’t have a checkbook and hadn’t given anyone permission to use her account.

Warsaw police reviewed surveillance video and confirmed Stockberger’s identity. It was noted Stockberger and another man, later identified as Alsanders, selected the items for purchase, but did not take all the items, saying they would be picked up at a later time, according to court documents.

On Feb. 12, 2020, a third man went to pick up the items purchased by Stockberger.

On Feb. 16, 2020, police were dispatched to the store in regards to another fraudulent check, where they were advised Alsanders paid for merchandise with a fraudulent check of $4,691 for a refrigerator, range and a microwave. Alsanders signed a different name to the check and provided identification with that name.

Police contacted INOVA Federal Credit Union who said the account number on the check Alsanders used did not match any open accounts. Alsanders left without taking the purchased items, saying they would be picked up later.

On Feb. 16, 2020, a third man came to pick up the items and was met by police. The third man stated he was given an invoice by someone else and was paid to pick up the items. The third man stated he didn’t know how the items were purchased, according to court documents.

Stockberger and Alsanders are known to live together, the documents state.

Alsanders was booked into the Kosciusko?County Jail at 12:34 p.m. Thursday with a $7,000 bond.

Stockberger has a warrant out for his arrest for theft issued in July 2020, according to the Kosciusko County Jail.