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Police discover ring of stolen checks and property around Redding

Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:07:43 AM CST
Updated On: Aug 14 2013 07:39:23 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

Redding police found multiple suspects responsible for a string of stolen checks and property around Shasta County.

On August 12, Michael Dacquisto called Redding police about a burglary to his law office at 1901 Court St. The suspect had stolen property and broke into a safe to steal several checks.

Then, the next day, Dacquisto said that the stolen checks were being cashed at businesses around Redding. Redding Police Officer Di Matteo identified Danielle LeeAnn Hodges, 27, as a suspect. She had cashed stolen checks at Hinkle's Market, at an address on Market St., at an address on Placer St. and at the Downtown Market.

A second suspect, Benjamin Richard Tyner, 29, attempted and failed to cash some of Dacquisto's checks at the Redding Bank of Commerce.

That same day, on Tues., Aug. 13, Officer Garrett Maxwell found a stolen vehicle on Orange St. in Redding that contained some of the checks stolen from Dacquisto's office.

It was occupied by two different suspects -- Cory Jay Donaldson, 33, and Chelsea Ann Belzer, 25.

Donaldson is on parole for burglary and county probation for misappropriation of found property.

The vehicle had been reported stolen by Michael Schultz, Jr., who was home visiting his parents while on military leave from the Army.

Donaldson was arrested and booked for possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of methamphetamine and violation of parole. Belzer was also arrested and booked for three warrants.

When investigators did a parole search of Donaldson's apartment, they found Jade Lonich, 20, and Justin Kelly Lonich, 40. Stolen checks and credit cards from multiple burglaries around Shasta County were found.

Police also found a service medal belonging to Schultz that Donaldson had stolen.

Jade Lonich was booked for possession of stolen property while Justin Lonich was released with a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Law enforcement was able to locate one of their initial suspects, Danielle Hodges at Win-River Casino. She was then transported to Redding Police Investigations and interviewed. She admitted to receiving the checks from a man named Cory Donaldson and cashing the checks at the businesses. Charges were fired against her for possession of stolen property.

Police still have not found Benjamin Tyner. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Redding Police Department at 225-4200.