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Pocatello man charged after allegedly stealing and cashing checks from former employer

POCATELLO — A man accused of stealing checks from a former employer and cashing them has been charged with four felonies.

Casey Gene Blessinger, 30, faces a burglary charge as well as two counts of grand larceny and two counts of forgery, court records show.

Pocatello police received a call just after 3:45 p.m. on July 29 reporting a burglary, according to a probable cause affidavit. The victim, a business owner in the 700 block of Samuel Street, told police someone broke into the business and stole two checks from a safe in the office of the company. They believed Blessinger was the suspect.

When officers arrived and spoke with the victim, they were told the checks were allegedly taken in two separate incidents between July 23 and July 26. The stolen checks had been cashed, for $1,500 each, on July 27, according to the affidavit. .

Officers also learned that Blessinger had previously stolen checks from the company.

The victim told officers that Blessinger had taken and cashed six checks totaling $6,000 in the past. They said they and Blessinger settled the matter civilly, with Blessinger signing the deed to his truck to the victim as a reward. He has not worked with the company since 2019.

Officers learned that the two checks involved in this incident were deposited at ATMs in Pocatello.

After obtaining a search warrant, officers requested and received video footage of banks taken during ATM deposits. According to the affidavit, both transactions were made by a man matching Blessinger’s description.

Officers arrested Blessinger on August 17. During the arrest, Blessinger allegedly admitted to stealing the checks and depositing the two. He was taken to the Bannock County Jail, where he was booked and held for a day before posting $20,000 bond.

Although Blessinger was charged with these crimes, that does not necessarily mean that he committed them. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

If convicted, Blessinger faces up to 66 years in prison and a $160,000 fine.

He is due to appear before Magistrate Judge Aaron Thompson for a preliminary hearing on August 31.