Kory Howell, 29, of the 2100 block of W. Lakefield Drive, was charged with multiple felony counts of forgery, theft and complicity to theft. He remains in the Erie County jail on $25,000 bond.
The first steps to his undoing came at about noon Wednesday, when police were called to a department store at the Sandusky Mall after someone stole an employee’s purse, according to a Perkins police report.
Surveillance cameras recorded Howell as he went to the cosmetics department and got down on the floor, then crawled behind the counter so he could snatch up an employee’s purse, according to the report. That employee was his mother.
“(The mother) advised she couldn’t believe it and identified the male as her son Kory L. Howell,” the report said. “(She) advised she neeed to file charges against her son because he wasn’t raised this way”
Police issued a warrant for Howell’s arrest, which came about four hours later at a bank in Sandusky.
Sandusky police were dispatched to a Cleveland Road bank, where Howell tried to cash a stolen check there, according to a Sandusky police report. Bank tellers received a call from Howell’s mother earlier in the day, notifying them about the stolen purse and the checks inside.
Howell showed up at the bank a first time and tried unsuccessfully to cash an out-of-state check. When he returned a second time, bank tellers notified police.
Howell’s mother would have gone to the bank where he was arrested, but Howell had swiped her purse, which contained her car keys, the report said.
Thursday morning in the Erie County jail, Howell was assaulted by two inmates who accused him of “snitching” in a criminal case, according to an Erie County deputy’s report.