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Man attempts to eat a check at Wal-Mart

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AMERICAN FORK — This would-be thief put his money where his mouth is.

Stolen and fraudulent checks are a common occurrence in many Utah County stores. But partially chewed checks aren't seen quite as often.

American Fork Police Lt. Andrew Hale said a man attempted to pass a stolen check at the American Fork Wal-Mart. He wanted to buy three Sony Playstations, Hale said.

The clerk looked at the check, did some quick checking and decided the check was stolen, Hale said.

Hale said the clerk confronted the man about it.

Then, in an attempt to destroy the evidence, the man stuffed the check in his mouth and began chewing.

Hale said police were able to recover part of the check.

Police also discovered the man had several outstanding warrants. He was arrested and booked into the Utah County jail.