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CRIME BRIEFS: Man wanted in connection with stolen checks case

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CRIME BRIEFS: Man wanted in connection with stolen checks case | Crime Briefs, Crime, Rape, Theft, Fraud, Matthew Smith, RCSO, MPD, Sheriffs Office, Rutherford County

Authorities are looking for this man, identified as Matthew Smith, in connection with a stolen check case in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He is accused of stealing checks and cashing them. (Photo submitted)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Detectives are looking for a North Carolina man who allegedly cashed two stolen checks valued at $9,000 from Rutherford County residents.

Officials with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that detectives are looking for Matthew Smith, 59, of Charlotte.

He is accused of stealing the checks from the mailboxes of two Rutherford County homes and cashing them at a Murfreesboro business.

Authorities were able to identify Smith based on video surveillance cameras that were located inside the business. But, they have been unable to locate him.

Smith is described as a black male who is 5 feet 5 inches tal and sports a goatee.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts or the description of his vehicle is asked to call Detective Steve Brown at 615-904-3052.

Police launch rape investigation

Authorities have opened an investigation into allegations that a 23-year-old woman was recently raped at an Old Castle Drive residence in Murfreesboro.

The incident reportedly occurred Dec. 7 at a residence in the Aspen Heights community during a party hosted by some MTSU students, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.

The woman told officers she unexpectedly blacked out and could only recall seeing two women holding her down and feeling like she was being sexually assaulted. When her brother who was also at the party was told by a witness that his sister had just been raped by one of the men who live there, he ran into the bedroom and physically assaulted the 20-year-old college student.

The suspect, however, insists that he is the victim of an unwarranted assault. He told officers that he was having consensual sex with his girlfriend when the witness walked into his room, contending this is just a case of mistaken identity.

Detectives have not yet filed any charges in connection with either the alleged rape or assault, pending the outcome of the investigation.

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