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A Clear Lake man charged in several incidents involving stolen checks, forgery and two stolen trucks in August North Iowa crime spree.

Anthony Jerome Woodraska, 28, is charged with three counts of forgery, two counts of second degree theft and ongoing criminal conduct.

According to court documents, Woodraska also gave an address in Alden, Minnesota, as his place of residence.

From Aug. 4 to Aug. 8, Woodraska allegedly forged seven stolen checks totaling $431 and used them at Hy-Vee West in Mason City.

Woodraska allegedly forged seven stolen checks totaling $535 and used them at Hy-Vee Drug in Mason City.

According to court documents, Woodraska is observed by witnesses and in security footage at both locations purchasing alcohol and cigarettes. The 14 total checks were stolen from the same woman.

He also obtained cash back during some of the check forgeries, court records said.

About 9 a.m. Aug. 7, Woodraska allegedly purchased a 1998 Ford F-150 truck from an Eldora man for $2,500 using a fake check. The transaction took place at the Walmart parking lot in Mason City and Woodraska took the truck.

On Aug. 27, Woodraska met with a person at the McDonald’s parking lot in Clear Lake after he made contact on Facebook through a fake profile. He paid for a Dodge Ram pickup truck with a fraudulent check for $2,520.

A warrant was issued for Woodraska’s arrest on Sept. 20. On Nov. 8, he was arrested in Benton County and brought to Cerro Gordo County.

Woodraska is held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on a $50,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 17 in Cerro Gordo County District Court. 

Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.



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