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Livingston Parish man spends neighbor's money

5 years ago April 23, 2010 Apr 23, 2010 Friday, April 23 2010 Friday, April 23, 2010 4:01:04 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Lori Steele

Killian Police say Steven Ford targeted his neighbors living in Tickfaw's Broadmoor.  Police were alerted Saturday after checks, credit cards and debit cards disappeared from several homes.

Josh Strickland, 69, has lived in Tickfaw's Broadmoor for 20 years. He tells News 2, "This is the first time I've locked my house in 20 years.  He just walked in and helped himself."

The doors at Strickland's house are usually left unlocked because health care workers need easy access to his bed-ridden wife.  Police say Strickland's neighbor from three doors down, took advantage of that open door policy. 

Police say 45-year-old Steven Ford walked into Strickland's house and took checks.  Strickland tells News 2 so far he's out $3500.  He says, "He wrote 28 checks.  25 are still outstanding."

Police Chief Dennis Hill tells News 2 Ford, "Has been living in this one neighborhood for 15 years.  He never gave anybody any trouble.  He's always helped his neighbors."  But Chief Hill says lately, he's been helping neighbors out of their hard-earned cash. 

Chief Hill says Ford used the checks, credit cards and debit cards at large retailers in Hammond, Denham Springs and Walker.  He says, "He purchased TV's, stereos, things like that that he'd get rid of on the street."

Chief says residents helped him keep an eye out for Ford and called when he resurfaced in the neighborhood, that's how he was caught. 

But even with Ford behind bars, residents say their troubles are not over.  They tells us they're still finding out how much damage he's done to each of their checking accounts.

Ford is charged with theft and burglary in Killian.  Charges are pending in Hammond, Denham Springs and Walker.

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