A Robertsville man was charged with multiple felonies for allegedly forging a name on stolen checks.

Justin V. Mitchalk, 26, was charged in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with 10 counts of felony forgery.

According to the probable cause statement filed by the Franklin County Sheriff’s office, Mitchalk stole checks and forged the victim’s name. The checks were written by Mitchalk between July 13 and July 30.

Mitchalk is being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

Previous Charges

In 2014, Mitchalk was sentenced to shock incarceration and a post-conviction treatment program for his part in a burglary at North Side Quick Stop on North Washington Avenue, Union.

He was charged with four counts of burglary and stealing, all felonies.

The burglary occurred in June 2013 when Mitchalk and a second man forced open a door on the north side of the store at 4:23 a.m.

Police were alerted by a security alarm, but did not find any suspects when officers arrived on the scene. There was no merchandise or contents taken from the store, police said.

Once the owner of the store arrived on the scene, officers reviewed surveillance footage that showed one suspect holding a cloth over one camera as the other suspect forced the door open. The alarm was activated and the suspects fled on foot from the store.

Detectives identified the suspects utilizing the surveillance footage, and located the men late that afternoon at a home in the 600 block of North Washington Avenue.

Mitchalk eluded Union Police and Franklin County deputies following an extensive foot chase but was caught at a later time.

Police recovered a backpack from the other suspect containing items stolen from homes in Union, including a semiautomatic Smith & Wesson pistol stolen from a safe in the garage of a Hickory Circle home.

Between 2010 and 2012, Mitchalk also had been charged with burglary, stealing, receiving stolen property and property damage.