Pa. pair facing 63 counts of theft, forgery, conspiracy

February 09, 1999|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - New charges were brought against a Marion, Pa., couple already charged with forging more than $30,000 in checks on the bank account of a Mercersburg man who reported his checkbook stolen, court records said.

Facing new charges of criminal conspiracy and additional forgery counts are David Allen Walker, 29, of 5525 Main St., Marion, and Jyl B. Layton, 24, of the same address.

Mercersburg Police Chief Larry E. Thomas Sr. said bond for each has been raised from $50,000 to $100,000. Both were being held in the Franklin County Prison pending a preliminary hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

As of Tuesday, the couple had been charged with 63 counts of forgery, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy, Thomas said.


They initially were arrested on Feb. 2.

According to court records, Walker, formerly of Detroit, had booked a Disney cruise on Jan. 7.

Walker moved in temporarily with Douglas R. Keefer, no age available, of 42 S. Main St., Mercersburg, for about a month in November. Keefer told police that Walker was down and out and headed for a homeless shelter at the time.

Keefer said he last heard from Walker on Dec. 23 and that Walker had moved in with Layton, his girlfriend, in her apartment in Marion.

Thomas said he didn't know how Walker and Keefer knew each other or the extent of their relationship.

In January, Keefer's bank notified him that it had received 16 checks on his account and that he was overdrawn by more than $28,800, according to court records.

Checks were written in amounts ranging from $250 to $7,000, court records said. Walker wrote checks to Layton which she deposited in her account. Later, Walker withdrew cash from Layton's ATM machine. Thomas said police have video films taken by ATM cameras showing Walker withdrawing money.

Also, court records said, bank employees became suspicious during transactions by Walker and Layton and took down the license plate number on Layton's car.

Keefer, after being notified by the bank that his account was overdrawn, discovered a book of checks missing from a kitchen drawer. He signed an affidavit at the bank saying it was not his signature on the checks, court records said.

Warrants were issued for the couple's arrest, Thomas said.

He said he tried numerous times to catch the couple at home at Layton's apartment but was unable to do so. He enlisted the help of members of the nearby Marion Volunteer Fire Department to keep an eye on the apartment and tell him when he saw Layton's car there.

"They went by about every half hour until they saw the car and called me," Thomas said.

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