News Release: FSU Police Department
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State University police officers have arrested four individuals involved in a multistate check fraud ring.
At about 4:30 p.m. on March 5, an employee from the FSU Bookstore alerted FSU police that two people in the store resembled descriptions of people accused of fraud by other bookstores. When officers arrived, they discovered Virginia Walters, 46, of Roanoke, Va., writing a check for $3,659 for bookstore merchandise.
She was accompanied by Logan Peters, 19, also of Roanoke.
Officers contacted Wells Fargo, the check-issuing bank, who confirmed that the check was being written on a closed account. Both were arrested for grand theft, a third-degree felony.
During the investigation, officers discovered that two additional people were involved and had driven Walters and Peters to various locations to commit check fraud and had potentially been involved with the theft of a U-Haul van in Virginia.
On March 6, police learned that these two individuals — Christy Peters of Roanoke, Va. and Brinkley Peters of Blacksburg, Va. — were in the area possibly operating a white van and also possibly attempting to arrange to bail for Walters and Logan Peters.
Investigators proceeded to the area of the jail where they found Christy Peters and Brinkley Peters operating the U-Haul van that was reported stolen. Both Christy Peters, 45, and Brinkley Peters, 23, were charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle and grand theft.
All of these charges are felonies.
This investigation is ongoing, and FSUPD investigators are in contact with the University of Florida Police Department and the Roanoke, Va.,Police Department. Additional bookstores are believed to have been victimized, including stores at the University of Florida, Embry Riddle University in Daytona Beach, Fla., and the Radford University Bookstore in Radford, Va.
Each location has been alerted and advised by the FSUPD and the department continues to stay in communication with these stores.
“This all started by an alert bookstore employee making the right call,” FSUPD Chief David Perrysaid. “It just goes to show that ‘See Something, Say Something’ isn’t just a catchy phrase. In this case, it has resulted in a crime spree being stopped in its tracks.”