Officer Thomas Jerrels of the Linton Police Department began an investigation on Jan. 13 when he was contacted by a Sullivan County deputy who said a Dugger resident had reported three checks stolen from his checkbook.
The victim did not notice the checks were gone until he received notice of overdraft charges from his bank. Two of the checks were written to Linton WalMart in the amounts of $214.24, on Dec. 11, and $262.96, on Dec. 13. The victim first talked to the store's loss prevention manager, then to Sullivan County Deputy Billy Sneed.
Since the checks were written in Greene County, Jerrels completed the investigation Sneed began.
In a probable cause affidavit prepared by Jerrels, he explained that security footage from WalMart video surveillance had been reviewed and clearly showed Duckworth handing the checks to cashiers in the two separate transactions, then signing them with an electronic signature.
The checks belonged to Duckworth's father, who told Deputy Sneed he did not want to press charges against his son for these incidents.
A case against Duckworth was filed in Greene Circuit Court on Jan. 22 and a warrant for his arrest was issued Jan. 23.
When Officer Jerrels and two other Linton officers went to serve the warrant at a residence in Dugger, they said they could see Duckworth in the window of the home, but he refused to come to the door. Officers called for assistance and then entry was made into the residence. At that point, Duckworth gave himself up and was taken into custody.
Duckworth was booked into the Greene County Jail where he is being held on a $28,000 surety bond with ten percent cash allowed.