Two arrested for $300K in fraudulent checks

A recent welfare check on occupants in a suspicious vehicle ended in the arrests of two Kyle residents who police believe stole more than $300,000 in checks along with about a dozen credit cards.

Joshua James McGlasson, 30, and Melissa Moncada, 27, were charged with fraudulent use/possession of identifying information, along with additional charges.

Officers responded to a call at the Stripes located at 7809 Camino Real in east Kyle at about 4 a.m. June 4.

Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett said someone called about a white Chevrolet pickup truck that had been in the parking lot “a long time” and the occupants appeared to be passed out.

Kyle officers conducted a welfare check on a man and woman inside of the truck. One of the officers recognized the male as having an outstanding warrant with the Kyle Municipal Court.

“When he asked the man to step out of the truck, the officer found a pipe with brown residue in the bowl in the man’s pants’ pocket,” Barnett said.

The female occupant of the truck told officers there was crystal methamphetamine in the vehicle. Officers found 3.6 grams of the drug in the truck along with $1,000 in cash. Both were placed under arrest and booked into the Hays County Jail.

Barnett said during the inventory of the vehicle contents, which is standard procedure following an arrest, officers discovered several bags of mail in the truck. Kyle Police found mail from many different residents with addresses in Cedar Creek, Maxwell, Dale, Austin, Kyle, Buda and San Marcos.

“Kyle PD has recovered more than $300,000 in stolen checks, about a dozen credit cards, along with bank statements and other mail,” Barnett said. “The mail was from both residences and businesses.”

Barnett added officers continue to go through the “vast amount of mail recovered.” Officers also confirmed McGlasson and Moncada had already used one credit card at Lowe’s. Barnett said his officers have been reaching out to the victims of the mail fraud. He said KPD contacted one woman who didn’t even know her credit card was missing yet.

“She was extremely grateful to our officers for finding the stolen mail,” Barnett said.

McGlasson and Moncada were also charged with possession of a controlled substance, Penalty Group 1, which is a third degree felony, for crystal meth of between 1 and 4 grams. Moncada and McGlasson are being held in the Hays County Jail on $50,000 bond.

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