Vidor police catch suspected counterfeiter

William Grubbs

Feb. 6, officers in Vidor arrested a suspect they believe has been creating counterfeit checks, reports Chief Rod Carroll. 

According to Carroll, an officer with the Vidor Police Department (VPD) initiated a traffic stop on Interstate 10 at F.M. 1132 for a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Monday. The driver produced a Texas Driver's License identifying himself as David Henry Wurtz, age 30. When the officer asked dispatch to verify the DL and if there were any warrants, a detective from the VPD recognized the name from an ongoing investigation involving a counterfeit check-cashing ring that involved a vehicle pursuit last week. Upon arrival on the scene by the detective, he identified the driver by his real name, William Elbert Grubbs, age 45. Upon being confronted with his real identity, Grubbs began to run away at which time officers initiated a foot pursuit and Tased Grubbs. Grubbs was placed in custody and transported to the Orange County Correctional Facility.

During an inventory of the vehicle, officers located two loaded pistols with one being reported stolen. In the rear of the vehicle, officers located two printers, a laptop computer, numerous fictitious checks, a large amount of blank check paper stock and 18 government-issued identification cards for numerous individuals.

"It appears that this check-cashing ring has been operating throughout Southeast Texas from Houston to Orange County," Carroll stated.