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Winlock Man Arrested After Allegedly Using Checks Stolen From Ill Neighbor

By The Chronicle

A Winlock man was arrested this week after allegedly attempting to cash checks stolen during a burglary.

Evan Kranz, 31, of Winlock, was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary and booked into the Lewis County Jail after 9 p.m. Monday. 

He made his first appearance on that charge Tuesday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court and was released from the Lewis County Jail on bail that night. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 5.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a report at 7:08 p.m., Sept. 21, of suspicious circumstances at the J&G Grocery store in Vader. 

When they arrived, a clerk at the store reported Kranz attempted to cash a check with another man’s name on it, and when she refused to take it, he stayed in the store for 45 minutes trying to get her to change her mind. 

The clerk reported the store’s owner went to the alleged victim’s home in the 200 block of Awmiller Road in Winlock, which happened to be across the street from Kranz’s home, and found the back door forced open. 

Deputies interviewed Kranz, who told them the victim’s home was burglarized in June and that since then the victim was in a retirement home, according to court documents. 

Kranz later admitted to entering the home about 20 times since June, stealing multiple items.

Checks, an air compressor, horseshoes, DVDs and other miscellaneous items were taken, according to the Sheriff’s Office. 

According to court documents, Kranz turned in stolen items to deputies, including first aid items, bath towels and an air compressor. 

The victim told deputies he hadn’t been back to his home in months and was receiving medical treatment in Centralia.