A Brownwood woman and her male companion remained jailed Monday on allegations that the two burglarized the home of the woman’s grandfather and used stolen checks to shop at Walmart.
    The stolen checks were on an account once owned by the woman’s grandparents, but was closed several years ago when the woman’s grandmother died, police said.
    Jessica Perkins, 31, and Eric Shifflett, 41, of Abilene, were booked Friday into the Brown County Jail on charges of forgery of a financial instrument against an elderly person and burglary of a habitation, Brown County Jail records state.

Brownwood patrolman’s report
    According to a report by Brownwood officer Ray Slayton:
    Slayton was dispatched Friday afternoon to Walmart on a possible fraud call. A dispatcher radioed that a man and a woman were trying to make a large purchase with a check that did not belong to either one.
    A loss prevention officer said the two tried to make a $1,787 purchase using a check on the woman’s grandparents’ account. The two earlier used another check to make a $1,389 purchase for jewelry, and the loss prevention officer said he was watching on a video monitor as the two shopped in electronics.

Man doesn’t know his wife’s last name
    Slayton and police Sgt. Zane Taylor spoke with the male suspect, identified as Shifflett, and the officers asked Shifflett about his woman companion, who was in a different location.
    Shiflett said the woman, named Jessica, was his wife but he wasn’t sure what last name she was using. Slayton asked Shiflfett why he didn’t know his wife’s name, and Shifflett replied that the two were dating.
    A dispatcher reported that Shifflett had a warrant for no insurance, and Slayton placed Shifflett in handcuffs. The officers began to learn about a possible burglary that had occurred at the home of Perkins’ grandfather.

Suspect: Deceased grandmother gave her the checks
    Taylor located Perkins and brought her to the front of the store, and Perkins produced her grandmother’s driver’s license. Perkins also said her grandmother had given her permission to use her checks. A dispatcher learned that Perkins’ grandmother died three years ago.
       Taylor arrested Perkins, and Police Chief Terry Nichols and Cpl. Jesse Mares responded to the grandfather’s home, where a window had been broken and it appeared items were taken.
    Officers located Shifflett’s vehicle in the Walmart parking lot and obtained a search warrant. Officers searched the vehicle and recovered numerous stolen items, including a checkbook on the closed account.
    Officers also recovered items they believed were purchased at Walmart with the stolen checks.