A report that a man was attempting to cash a check Monday that had been reported stolen led to the man's arrest, Detective Michael Roberts reported.

A report that a man was attempting to cash a check Monday that had been reported stolen led to the manís arrest, Detective Michael Roberts reported.

Learthur Shelton, 23, was trying to cash the check at Bushís Liquor at 3501 W. Sixth Ave. at about 6:15 p.m. when the clerk called police after learning that the check had been reported stolen.

Roberts reported that Shelton and another individual had both cashed checks on the same account last week at the business and a clerk there contacted the account holder afterward and was told the checks had been reported stolen.

A probable cause affidavit prepared by Roberts indicated that the account holder called police Aug. 24 and told them that she believed Shelton, who is related to her sister, had taken the checks.

When he was questioned, Shelton reportedly claimed that he had been given the checks by a person he refused to identify.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Shelton after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with three counts of theft by receiving and two counts of forgery.

Kearney appointed the Public Defenderís Office to represent Shelton and told him to come back to court Oct. 9.