Man, 70, Arrested For Identity Theft, Forgery

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The Payson Police Department has arrested Donald D. Schendel of Payson on nine counts of taking the identity of another, three counts of forgery, nine counts of theft and one count of harassment.

The case was originally initiated June 10, 2005. The suspect had allegedly been harassing a Payson Police officer by mail, as well as a Pro Tem Gila County Municipal judge. Police Commander Don Engler said the suspect was ordering books and magazines through the mail and having them delivered to the officer's address, for collection on delivery.

After working the case for more than a year, it successfully culminated with a search warrant issued in the 600 block of North Blue Spruce Road in Payson on May 4.

Schendel was booked into the Gila County Jail.

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