Police: Wanted man to face additional counts

From Local Sources


HUNTINGBURG — Police who took a man into custody Thursday on an active warrant charging him with fraud, forgery and theft plan to file additional, unrelated counts after making the arrest.

A Huntingburg Police Department officer who knew Nick M. Kreilein, 43, 406 S. Main St., Huntingburg, was named in an active warrant and was classified as a habitual traffic violator stopped the vehicle he was driving on Huntingburg’s south side at 9:45 a.m.

During a search of the vehicle, police allegedly located drug paraphernalia and a small amount of a white crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine.

The Dubois Circuit Court warrant charging Kreilein with Level 5 felony counts of attempted fraud on a financial institution and fraud on a financial institution, three Level 6 felony counts of forgery and a Level 6 felony count of theft was based on an investigation by the Jasper Police Department.

Court documents indicate Jasper police began an investigation Jan. 30 after a man reported someone posing as him at a Huntingburg bank was attempting to cash a $350 check. Another individual contacted Jasper police Feb. 13 reporting similar fraudulent activity.

The investigation into the fraudulent checks led to a victim who had reported the theft of checks to the Tell City Police Department, according to court documents. Surveillance photos allegedly helped tie Kreilein to the case, which reportedly resulted in a checking account loss to the victim of $2,200.

A warrant for Kreilein’s arrest had been issued Wednesday.

Authorities booked Kreilein into the Dubois County Security Center at 11:10 a.m. Thursday on the active warrant. He was also preliminarily charged by Huntingburg police with Level 6 felony counts of driving while classified as a habitual traffic violator and possession of methamphetamine, plus a preliminary misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia.

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