Criminal Court Judge W. Mark Ward gave defendant Marcus Williams consecutive prison sentences of eight years each for theft over $1,000 and identity theft, and four years for forgery over $500.
Williams, 29, who has a prior criminal history, is a multiple offender under the law and must serve at least 35 percent of his sentence before he can be considered for parole.
Witnesses said Williams entered a business on Aug. 15, 2013, in the 3700 block of Hacks Cross Road while a woman companion distracted an employee.
Williams reached into the employee’s handbag near the cash register and took a wallet valued at $200 containing more than $300 cash, credit cards, a checkbook and a store deposit of $650.
On the same day, Williams forged and cashed one of the victim’s checks for $900 and in the following days charged a total of $93.04 on her credit card at three different locations.
Williams was arrested and charged about a month later. His woman companion was identified, but there was insufficient proof to prosecute her for a crime.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Omar Malik.