Charges for allegedly forging Ramsey man’s name

An 40-year-old Elk River man is facing four felony charges in Anoka County District Court for allegedly forging signatures on a vehicle title.

Christopher Robert Berry was arraigned May 24 in Anoka County District Court on aggravated forgery, theft by take/use/or transfer of movable property without consent, theft of a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property charges.

According to the criminal complaint, Berry forged the signature of a deceased relative and the man’s living wife, a Ramsey resident to transfer ownership of a 1972 Ford pickup and transferred the title with the Anoka County License Bureau Nov. 10, 2012.

When the wife attempted to remove her husband’s name from the title April 11, she was informed the title was no longer in her name.

According to her statement, the woman said she did not sign any documents to transfer the title from herself to Berry nor could her husband, who died June 17, 2012.

In a post-Miranda statement following his May 23 arrest, Berry allegedly admitted to the forgery on the title paperwork.

Berry alleged he did this because it was the only thing he has left to remember his relative by and believes that the man would have wanted Berry to have the pickup.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com

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