A Joplin woman faces 14 felony counts of stealing, forgery and trafficking in stolen identities after she was arrested last month in Carthage.

A Joplin woman faces 14 felony counts of stealing, forgery and trafficking in stolen identities after she was arrested last month in Carthage.
Breanna McKeehan, 30, was charged on Friday with seven counts of stealing, six counts of forgery and one count of trafficking in stolen identities, all felonies, by the Jasper County Prosecutor's Office.
According to court and jail records, McKeehan has been held in the Jasper County Jail in Carthage without bond on warrants from Jasper County and Cherokee County, Kansas since she was arrested on Jan. 20 by Carthage police.
The charges stem from investigations by the Carthage and Carl Junction police departments of incidents of alleged forgery and other crimes that date back to December, according to probable cause statements filed by those departments in this case.
According to a statement filed by Carthage Police Officer Adam Blankenship, McKeehan was arrested on Jan. 20 during a traffic stop on I-49.
A few minutes before the stop, Blankenship said officer were called to Pete's Convenience Store, 201 E. Central Ave., for the report of a female attempting to pass a bad check to purchase food and cigarettes. Officers were told the woman left as a passenger in a silver Honda car, which an officer stopped on I-49. Also in the car were another female and a male, neither of whom were arrested in this case.
Blankenship's statement said McKeehan was arrested on two outstanding felony warrants, one from Jasper County and one from Cherokee County for probation violation.
Blankenship said the store's surveillance video captured McKeehan attempting to pass a bad check for $51.87 at the Pete's Store at 201 E. Central.
Further investigation showed McKeehan allegedly tried to pass a bad check at another Pete's Convenience store, 301 W. Central Ave., for $78.12.
Blankenship wrote that store video there captured the incident and that check was rejected as well.
When officers searched McKeehan's purse during the arrest they found 10 drivers licenses, seven social security cards and seven debit or credit cards.

Carl Junction
In a separate probable cause affidavit, Carl Junction Police Officer Andrew Ayers said he interviewed McKeehan in Carthage in regards to an attempt to pass a bad check earlier about an hour before the Carthage incidents on Jan. 20 at the Casey's store, 401 E. Pennell St., in Carl Junction.
In that case, the clerk reported that McKeehan and two other people entered the store and tried to buy items with a check, but the signature didn't look right and the clerk told the woman her check was declined.
Ayers said store video captured that incident as well.

Further investigation
In the third probable cause statement filed on Jan. 24, Carthage Police Det. Sgt. Ben Vogt wrote that he had identified five different dates in December 2016 when McKeehan had allegedly tried to pass eight bad checks for a total of more than $800.
The checks were all passed at a Joplin Walmart or Joplin convenience stores except for one that was passed at a Pete's Convenience Store that could not be identified.