A Rutherford County woman was arrested and charged with passing a stolen check at a gas station in Nebo, authorities said Thursday.

Detective Nathan Mace of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Celeste Marie Downing, 47, of 103 Peachtree St. in Forest City, with obtaining property by false pretense.

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, Downing passed a check at Samir’s, on U.S. 70 East in Nebo. She bought $65.15 worth of merchandise and received $275.26 in cash.

An investigation showed that the check had been stolen from Ross Skid Products on Monday, Dec. 11.

Downing’s bond was set at $10,000.

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