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Church leaders talk after man allegedly forged, stole church checks

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Leaders at the Church of Nazarene in Iowa City say they do not know the man who allegedly forged stolen checks worth almost $1,000 from the church's office.

Police say 24-year old Jerrell Clemons has been charged with forging signatures to write checks to himself.

Pastor Teresa Stecker says her church prides itself on being a community-based church, and a crime like this actually heightens it's mission to help those in need.

"We're here, these things happen, and that to us is the reason we're here," said Stecker. "To help people. We recognized when you're out in the community, and you want to be a part of the community, this comes with it."

According to online court documents, Clemons cashed two checks at the Veridian Credit Union inside an Iowa City Hy-Vee.

Clemons allegedly forged signatures to write checks to himself back in September for $645 and $350.

Stecker says there were actually checks stolen from a personal account, before realizing checks were also stolen from the church's account.

She says in a situation like this it reminds church leaders and the congregation that their mission of redemption must continue.

"Doesn't change anything for us. If anything it heightens the need for out presence, for our work to continue to reach out to people who feel they have to steal," said Stecker.

Clemons is charged with forgery and third-degree theft.

He was booked in the Johnson County Jail, but has since been released by a judge.

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