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2011-04-14

BOLO for ID thieves & check forgers

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Bandera County Sheriff's Office Investigator James "Charlie" Hicks is appealing to the public for information leading to the apprehension of two fugitives suspected of stealing and passing forged checks in Bandera, Kendall and Kerr counties.
Charles Nix, 44, is 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. His accomplice, Juliette Ruyle, 40, is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds. However, according to a law enforcement report, recent photographs and a video of the couple indicate both Nix and Ruyle have lost "an extreme amount of weight" since their mug shots were circulated.
The couple is thought to be driving a 2000 light blue Mazda pickup with Texas license plate, AW06702.
They have active warrants in Williamson, Hays and Travis counties, as well as with the Austin Police Department. The couple is believed to be living in the San Antonio area.
Recently, BCSO investigators received two separate reports of identity theft in Bandera County that have been associated with the pair.
Both victims reported that someone had stolen their identities and bank account information and transferred the data to blank checks apparently issued by Bank of America. The forged checks containing the information of the Bandera victims were subsequently cashed in Bexar, Kendall and Kerr counties.
While investigating the crimes, BCSO law enforcement officers received a Crime Stoppers BOLO (Be on the Lookout) from the San Antonio Police Department.
The BOLO indicated that suspects been stealing and the forging checks throughout Central Texas.
According to Hicks, BCSO investigators are working with detectives with the Boerne, San Marcus and Kerrville police departments on the cases. Officers with these agencies have positively identified Nix and Ruyle as individuals who had passed forged checks in the respective areas.
The public is urged to use extreme caution and not approach the suspects as both have extensive criminal histories. In addition, Nix has been described as an escape risk.
Anyone coming into contact with Hix or Ruyle should call Hicks at 830-796-4323.