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Fargo woman accused of passing bad checks gets arrested trying to pawn jewelry

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Update: December 6:

Police have arrested a woman who ripped off more than 15 businesses during a downtown "Cheerity" event last week. Lieutenant Joel Vettel says Kelly Tigerstrom was arrested last night after trying to pawn off thousands of dollars in jewelry she'd written bad checks to buy. The charge, theft by deception,  is a class c felony.  Vettel says they're still figuring the exact dollar amount, but it's in the thousands.

 Last Thursday night is when store workers say they discovered what tigerstrom was doing. Police say the she has been passing those bad checks all over Fargo since October.  Lieutenant Vettel says they are looking into the possibility that another person is involved.

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December 5:

Businesses trying to do good for a downtown nonprofit by staying open late for shoppers got paid back in a pretty ugly way recently.

They discovered one of the shoppers at the "Cheerity" event in downtown Fargo last Thursday night was writing hundreds of dollars worth of fake checks at businesses up and down Broadway.

Proper & Prim clothing boutique caught who they think is the culprit on surveillance camera, right around the time store workers say they discovered what the woman was doing.

But by the time they figured it out, it was too late, and she'd made off with hundreds of dollars in merchandise, they say.

"Cindy was a little upset that it was such a large amount, so we decided to call the cops," says Danielle Nordsletten, who works at Proper & Prim, and says she noticed right away the shopper seemed strangely nervous. "Then we called around to tell everyone, don't take checks from the lady with hot pink hair, and they were like, we already did."

Fargo police say the case is under investigation -- but they have a suspect identified.

They say the woman has been passing those fake checks all over Fargo since October.

This is the third charity event that's been stolen from in recent weeks. The first was a theft of donation money from a Bras on Broadway event; the second was missing money from a fundraiser for a local skateboarder.

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