Lexington, N.C. -- A church is out more than $4,000 after a man stole checkbooks from his estranged wife's house according to the Davidson County Sheriff's Office. But the man's daughter is also in trouble for the same crime.
Investigators said the Vernon Mitchell Hayes' estranged wife works as the Treasurer of New Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Lexington. She reported to investigators that someone stole two business checkbooks from her house between May 9, 2013 - June 10, 2013.
Hayes wrote eleven checks using the stolen checks, detectives said. Hayes allegedly wrote two checks to his daughter, Crystle Dawn Hayes who was also arrested in connection with the case. Hayes wrote another check to an acquaintance.
Vernon Hayes is charged with Eleven counts of Forgery, Eight counts of Uttering Forged Endorsement, and one count of Misdemeanor Larceny. He's in the Davidson County Jail on a $20,000 bond. Crystle Hayes was charged with two counts of Uttering Forged Endorsement and is in the jail on a $5,000 bond.