Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Largo man accused of stealing $7,430 from his grandmother

Times staff

LARGO — A 37-year-old Largo man told police he was in the midst of a bad drug addiction when he stole checks from his grandmother and cashed them for more than $7,000, according to arrest reports.

Garry A. Marks Jr., of the 1300 block of S Belcher Road, was arrested Tuesday and charged with forgery of checks, uttering forged checks, theft from a person 65 years or older, and violating probation in a case of trafficking in stolen property.

According to arrest reports, Marks stole 28 checks from his grandmother's purse when he visited her in early October. Marks forged the woman's signature and cashed the checks at Bank of America branches throughout Pinellas County between mid October and Nov. 10, the reports show.

In all, he made off with $7,430.

Marks told Largo police investigators that he used the money to buy groceries, cigarettes and prescription medication. He said he was going through a "bad drug addiction, from which he has now recovered," according to one of the reports.

Pinellas court records show that Marks pleaded no contest to dealing in stolen property in November 2009. Adjudication was withheld and he received three years' probation.

Largo man accused of stealing $7,430 from his grandmother 12/01/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 11:53pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays beat Orioles, but tough stretch looms that could change their plans (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tuesday was a step back in the right direction for the Rays, who halted a season-high five-game losing streak by hanging on — and we mean that pretty much literally — for a 5-4 win over the Orioles.

    The Rays’ Tim Beckham celebrates with Mallex Smith after hitting a three-run homer in the second inning for a 5-0 lead.
  2. Diaz, Taddeo win easily in special Miami Senate primaries


    Two Miami state Senate candidates who raised and spent the most in their respective primaries — Republican Rep. Jose Felix Diaz and Democratic businesswoman Annette Taddeo — notched easy victories in a special election Tuesday night.

    Republican candidate Jose Felix Diaz is surrounded by supporters after he won the primary for Florida’s Senate District 40 race. Democrat Annette Taddeo, right, celebrates her victory with supporter Venus Lovely at BJ’s Restaurant in The Falls.
  3. In live debate, Kriseman and Baker ask St. Pete: Is the city better off?



    Mayoral candidates Rick Kriseman and Rick Baker made their best pitch to voters in front of a live television audience on Tuesday night. The candidates essentially asked this: Is the city better off now than it was four years ago?

    Incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker debate in front of a live television audience during the City of St. Petersburg Mayoral Debate at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg on Tuesday evening. The event was sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  4. Romano: It all comes down to sewage in this mayoral race

    Local Government

    Well, poop.

    Nothing else really matters, does it?

    Schools, economic development, public safety? Pfft. The Rays stadium, affordable housing, the pier? Ack. When it comes to the St. Petersburg mayoral election, sewage is the yin, the yang and the yuck.

    At Tuesday’s debate, incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman said responsibility lies on him regarding the sewage crisis.
  5. Shooting sends man to hospital in St. Pete


    ST. PETERSBURG — Police were investigating a shooting that occurred around 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday and sent a man to the hospital.