CLEAR LAKE | A Clear Lake man was arrested for forgery and theft after cashing a nearly $750 check at a Clear Lake bank. 

Caleb James Craighton, 27, is charged with felony forgery, misdemeanor third-degree theft and providing false identification information for two incidents. 

At about 2:41 p.m. Aug. 2, Craighton allegedly entered Farmers State Bank, 201 First Ave. N., and cashed a stolen, forged check made out to himself for $748, according to court documents. 

Craighton provided his name and driver's license number to the bank and was identified by law enforcement on video footage, court documents said. 

According to court documents, Craighton was interviewed by law enforcement on Aug. 22 and “admitted to stealing and forging the check, receiving money in return.”

At about 1:25 a.m. Tuesday, Craighton was pulled over by Mason City police at Sixth Street Southwest and South Monroe Avenue for having a brake light out on the green Chrysler he was driving.

Craighton allegedly told police he didn't have his driver's license and provided his brother's name and birthday, court documents said. Police identified him through previous involvements and booking photos before admitting who he was.

He was arrested on a warrant following the traffic stop and booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail.

He was released on his own recognizance following his initial court appearance the same day and is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court Sept. 24. 

Craighton has pleaded not guilty to providing false information. A non-jury trial for that charge is scheduled for March 14, 2019.  

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