Sebastian Man Jailed After Stealing Check from Father’s Checkbook

Thomas Allen Potzer is accused of stealing and forging a check in Sebastian, Florida.
Thomas Allen Potzer is accused of stealing and forging a check in Sebastian, Florida.

A man called the Sebastian Police Department on Monday to report that a check from his checkbook was missing, and he accused his son of cashing it, according to the affidavit.

The missing check was made out to the victim’s son for $100 and cashed at Walmart in Sebastian.

The victim said he confronted his son, identified as 33-year-old Thomas Allen Potzer, and it led to a verbal confrontation.

The father told officers that he never authorized his son to write checks and sign his name.

“[The father] provided me samples of his signature to verify that the signature on the check was not his,” the officer said.

Police then spoke with Potzer who advised his father completed the check to him. He also alleges that his “father was drunk when he wrote out the check” and that he didn’t remember giving it to him to cash, according to the report.

Potzer was arrested for cashing the $100 check and transported to the Indian River County Jail where he is still being held on $15,500.00 bond.

He is being charged with Forgery, Felony Utter Forged Instrument, and Petit Theft.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland. When he was age 9, his parents moved to Jupiter, Florida. Andy spent several years at various radio & television stations in Florida such as WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. In 1994, Andy made a career change to computer programming and worked for several technology companies (two are Fortune 500) in Atlanta, Georgia. However, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2002. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.