Bluffton man charged with check forgery

info@islandpacket.comApril 3, 2013 

Randy William Topp

A Bluffton man, already in jail for violating his parole, faces new charges after being served with warrants for felony forgery.

Randy William Topp, 25, was charged Monday with three counts of forgery and is in the Beaufort County Detention Center, with bond set at $15,000.

Topp forged stolen checks between Aug. 13 and Aug. 30, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

He cashed one for $80 between Aug. 13 and 16 at Bluffton Market, forging the victim's name but using his own his driver's license and cellphone number. The store owner said Topp was a regular customer and had cashed checks there before, according to the incident report.

On Aug. 19, he cashed a check for $184.89 at Walmart on Hilton Head Island. He forged the victim's signature and was captured by store surveillance video, according to the Sheriff's Office.

On Aug. 30, Topp cashed a check for $236.74 at Kroger in Bluffton. He again forged the victim's signature and used his own driver's license, authorities say.

Warrants were issued for Topp's arrest Feb. 18, and he was arrested April 1 on other charges. He was released to Beaufort County at the Coastal Pre-Release Center in North Charleston.

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