Man arrested for allegedly stealing, forging parents’ checks

A police investigation that began in August when a Pine Bluff man reported that his son had stolen several checks and forged the signatures on them ended when police located the man Wednesday.

Christopher Weatherspoon, 42, reportedly admitted taking the checks and forging the signatures of his parents, Detective Sam Atkinson reported in a probable cause affidavit.

Weatherspoon’s father contacted police Aug. 4 and said his son had signed his name and his wife’s name on checks that were on a closed account and also told police Weatherspoon had stolen checks and forged signatures on them before.

The father also said he had “put Weatherspoon out” and had not seen him.

Atkinson reported that Weatherspoon was arrested Wednesday and admitted taking and forging the checks.

The total value of the checks was listed at $347.45.

Prosecutors reported that Weatherspoon had a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1998, including multiple convictions for forgery and theft of property, and is currently on parole.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Weatherspoon after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with two counts of forgery and two counts of fraud — all felonies.

Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Weatherspoon and told him to come back to court Feb. 8.