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More charges filed in theft of checks from We Care

Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 12:13 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 9:51 p.m. CST

MORRIS – Additional charges have been filed against the man charged with stealing checks in December from We Care of Grundy County.

Darren C. Meyjes, also known as Darren C. Durando, 46, of Morris, was arrested by Morris police Feb. 5 on a charge of theft, a Class A misdemeanor. He posted $500 bond and was released by Feb. 7.

On Thursday, three counts of forgery, class 3 felonies, were filed against Meyjes, according to court documents.

Along with the additional charges, the Grundy County State's Attorney's office is asking the court to increase his bail amount. If granted, the bail would increase to 10 percent of $25,000, with credit for his previous bail this means Meyjes would have to post $2,000 more.

The application for increased bail states that during the alleged crimes, Meyjes was on probation for deceptive practice and failure to register as a sex offender. It also states Meyjes has a "lengthy criminal history" including theft, criminal sexual abuse and deceptive practice charges.

In late December, We Care had Salvation Army checks stolen from its office that totaled $4,200, We Care Executive Director Denise Gaska said previously. The money was raised from the annual bell ringing campaign.

Meyjes was a client for We Care who also would volunteer. While he was in the office for assistance, he was in an office with a We Care employee who was called out of the office, briefly leaving Meyjes alone.

When the employee returned they noticed the checks missing from The Salvation Army booklet, Gaska said previously. The Salvation Army was immediately notified, but because of the format of the checks, The Salvation Army did not believe the checks could be used. But it later called We Care when it was discovered the checks had been deposited.

Through a police investigation, it was discovered about $3,000 in checks had been deposited into an account of Meyjes’s at Morris Community Credit Union, according to the court documents.

Meyjes is due in court March 3.

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