State College man pleads not guilty to forgery, theft charges

LEWISTOWN — Adam Shorthouse, 23, of State College, pleaded not guilty to five felony counts before Judge Aaron Gingrich Tuesday after waiving his formal arraignment.

Shorthouse was charged with theft and forgery in May after he successfully cashed a fraudulent check worth more than $2,900 and nearly cashed another check for $3,000, court documents indicate.

Shorthouse created a fraudulent check for $2,977.61 from Heirloom Cabinetry, Mifflintown, and cashed the check at a Reedsville bank on Feb. 21. The owner of Heirloom Cabinetry was contacted by a Burnham branch of the same bank later that same day, seeking permission to cash a $3,000 check written to Shorthouse, according to court documents. The business owner informed the bank she did not know Shorthouse, nor did she issue him a check. The business owner advised police both the cashed check and nearly-cashed check numbers were still in her business log.

Charges were initially filed in Juniata County in March, however the case was dismissed in the county’s Court of Common Pleas.