A Eugene Police patrol officer conducted a tenacious ongoing investigation into a series of crimes that has led to the arrest of Crystal Nichole Johnson, age 29, of Springfield, on multiple counts of Forgery and Identity Thefts.
After investigating multiple cases reported to Eugene Police, he found that Johnson had tried to cash checks that had been altered on the payee line. Checks were stolen from outdoor US Postal Service mail receptacles at 950 Tyinn Street, 50 West 5th Avenue, Pearl Street at 11/12th avenue, and Pearl Street/7th Avenue. ID cards stolen from the Portland area were used in most of the successful utterances of the altered checks.
On January 22, the officer contacted Johnson at 75 W. 5th Avenue regarding several Forgeries, ID Thefts, and Thefts documented under the multiple case numbers. He charged Johnson with eight counts of Forgery in the First Degree, two counts of Forgery in the Second Degree, and three counts of Identity Theft. Other charges are pending in additional cases.
When Johnson was booked in at the jail, she was found to be concealing methamphetamine and heroin on her person. She was charged with Unlawful Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and Supplying Contraband.
The victims in the cases include local businesses, financial institutions and individuals.
18-00772 - Forgery I – Victim Bank and Local Business
18-00625 - Forgery I x 2, Theft I x 2 – Victims include an individual and a bank
18-00249 - Forgery I, ID Theft – victims include an individual and a business
17-21550 - Forgery II, ID Theft – Victims include an individual and a business
17-21229 - Forgery I x 3, Forgery II x 2, ID Theft x 2 – Victims include two individuals and a business
Anyone with additional information or video surveillance cameras pointed towards the listed locations with recordings between 11-30-2017 to 01-12-2018, please email CEPDJAG@CI.EUGENE.OR.US.