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Albany woman charged with stealing checks from restaurant

A car, clothing, purses and shoes were seized by authorities

ALBANY — An Albany woman was arrested Wednesday on theft and forgery charges stemming from the burglary of a Chinese restaurant, according to a media release by the Albany Police Department.

The release states that during the execution of a search warrant Wednesday at 915 8th Ave., detectives with the Albany Police Department arrested Sherrie McClendon, 19, in connection with checks stolen from Guang Zhou restaurant, 1214 N. Westover Blvd. Members of the Dougherty County District Attorney’s Office also participated in the search, officials state.

During the search of the residence, clothing, purses and shoes were seized by detectives, as well as a black 2008 Ford Focus automobile, officials say.

During the investigation leading to the search, detectives learned that McClendon had worked at Guang Zhou and believe the suspect took the checks from the restaurant after a burglary on April 16, the release states. According to officials, checks reported missing and cashed were 14 business account checks and one personal check for a total of $13,000.

Detectives say McClendon used the money to purchase the clothing items and to pay off the balance on her car loan.

The media release states that McClendon was transported to the Dougherty County jail and charged with 15 counts of forgery in the third and fourth degree and also with theft by taking.