Largo Amscot clerk stops thief from cashing stolen checks

LARGO, Fla. (WFLA) – A customer said an Amscot clerk stopped a thief from cashing a stolen check.

Gloria Englund thanks the employee, Mike Quiles. “God bless you and thank you so much. God bless you. You know that would have been almost my whole check,” Englund said.

Largo detectives say last Friday Brian Shaughnessy tried to cash a $200 check from Englund’s Chase Bank account.

Quiles became suspicious when Shaughnessy came back to cash another check. “While we were cashing the check, something seemed wrong about it,” he said.

Quiles keyed in on the victim’s name on the check and realized it was Englund, a customer he knows.

He asked Shaughnessy for Englund’s number to call and verify. “They gave us a number to call, so when we called them, I immediately knew it wasn’t Gloria,” Quiles said.

Quiles then called the real Englund after locating her number in a file. “When I called her, she was very happy that we were able to spot the check that was stolen and you know just help her out in this situation because she was really frustrated about having her checks stolen,” Quiles said.

Englund said the checks had been stolen and she had not written any checks for Shaughnessy.

“He even had the nerve enough to put Merry Christmas at the bottom. Do you believe it?” Englund asked.

Shaughnessy claimed he had done paving work for Englund and that the money was a tip. But, police said he could not identify the Englund’s home when driven by the address.

Englund said she doesn’t know how the checks were stolen, but she’s grateful Quiles was vigilant. “Who are looking out, being aware and big enough to catch those people, catch them and put them in jail?” she said.

Shaughnessy is charged with forging checks. He remains behind bars. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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