COPPERAS COVE — The burglary of a storage unit led police on a trail of several stolen checks stretching from Lampasas to Harker Heights.

On Friday, Justice of the Peace William Price arraigned Joshua Lee Carter on five charges of fraudulent use/possession of identification, a charge of forgery of a government document and another charge of burglary of a building. The bond for each charge was set at $15,000 for a total of $105,000.

On Dec. 28, Copperas Cove police investigated a storage unit with a damaged lock. The victim told police an old checkbook in the unit was stolen.

Two of the checks were cashed or deposited at banks in Harker Heights.

Police traced the bank account to Carter, who was arrested Thursday in Copperas Cove.

While inventorying Carter’s belongings, officers allegedly found seven more checks belonging to four people, including a rental property owner in Kempner.

The rental property owner allegedly told police he did not give Carter permission to take the blank checks or any of his bank information.

According to police records, officers also allegedly found a counterfeit $10 bill in Carter’s wallet.

Carter also had an outstanding warrant for criminal mischief out of Lampasas County.

In an unrelated case on Thursday, Vincente Luzama Ada, 35, was arraigned by Justice of the Peace John Guinn on a charge of assault of a family member. Bond was set at $14,000.

Ada was arrested by Copperas Cove police Tuesday after being accused him of choking a family member and impeding her breathing, as well as making various threats to her personal safety.

Ada remained in Coryell County Jail on Friday.

Copperas Cove police reports indicated:

A burglary of a residence, stolen military issue body armor, was reported at 9:49 a.m. Thursday in the 100 block of Myra Lou Avenue.

Failure to register as a sex offender was reported at 10:48 a.m. Thursday.

A theft of a washer and dryer was reported at 3:27 p.m. Thursday in the 2500 block or Merle Drive.

Contact Wendy Sledd at or (254) 501-7476

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