A young North Platte man tried to cash a phony check Monday even though he is on parole.At around 12:45 p.m. a police officer went to the Great Western Bank branch in the Westfield shopping plaza on a report of a man attempting to cash a forged check for $5,400.
Bank officials said Chris Herring, 19, initially went into the main bank downtown but was turned away. Herring then attempted to cash the check -- a fraudulent Twin Valley Communications check -- at the Westfield branch, police information officer Rodney Brown said.
When Herring was identified, the bank called the police.
Following an investigation, officers arrested Herring, who was on parole from the state penitentiary for felony forgery, possession of a forged instrument and other crimes.
Herring was found Tuesday by GPS tracking of the ankle bracelet he is wearing while on parole. He was arrested and jailed.
Herring as an extensive criminal history. He was arrested four times in 2011, once for escape.
In January, he was sentenced to one-and-a-half to three years in the state prison for escaping from custody while serving a 270-day county jail sentence.
Judge Donald Rowlands said Herring needed to be sent to the pen due to the escalating nature of his criminal behavior.
A year ago, Herring was in the Lincoln County Jail, serving time for theft and assault with more charges pending. He was taken to the Behavioral Health Center at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center for a psychological exam. While there, Herring grabbed a chair and threatened to throw it at a counselor, but instead threw it through a nearby window and climbed out, prosecutors said.
Herring was apprehended several blocks away in a residential area, police Lt. Rich Thompson said.
Herring’s record goes back to 2005, when he was charged for assault.
As a minor, he was sent to Youth Rehabilitation Treatment Center in Kearney twice, Rowlands said.
In April 2010, Herring received two shoplifting and two theft charges and served nearly three months.
On Aug. 25, 2011, he was charged with third-degree assault and forgery, for which he was still doing time when he tried to escape at the hospital.