Man accused of taking checks

Kumpf allegedly stole checks, other items from relative

A Cambria County man faces charges he stole checks from a relative in Altoona.

Kenneth L. Kumpf Jr., 31, of Cresson, allegedly took numerous checks from the Juniata home of a relative on Dec. 11, along with small bags of coins, soda, a bluetooth speaker and computer external hard drives.

According to charges filed by Altoona police, Kumpf wrote out four checks to two friends between Jan. 5 and when he was caught on Wednesday. Police said he told the two friends his relative wrote the checks to them because Kumpf didn’t have a bank account and could not get them cashed.

The first check, one for $600, was forged and cashed on Jan. 5, and on Jan. 9, Kumpf allegedly forged another check for $800. A third check, also for $800, was forged and cashed on Jan. 12, and the fourth forged check that was cashed was for $800 on Jan. 16.

On Wednesday, Altoona police were called to the Blair County Federal Credit Union, 3001 Sixth Ave., after a check Kumpf tried to cash was flagged as stolen by the bank.

Kumpf was taken into custody and allegedly confessed to stealing the checks from his relative’s home in Juniata and then forging them.

Kumpf is charged with felony counts of burglary, criminal trespass and forgery along with misdemeanor counts of theft and receiving stolen property. He was released on an unsecured $25,000 bond and is due to appear at Central Court on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing on the charges.

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