Yukon felon accused of stealing checks from mailbox

Accused ‘porch pirate’ charged for forging money orders


By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – A Yukon felon may be headed back to prison after being charged with cashing forged checks she allegedly stole out of a mailbox.

Deanna Kay Knapp, 39, was charged Feb. 4 in Canadian County District Court with porch piracy and uttering a forged instrument.

Prosecutors allege Knapp between Jan. 10-11 stole mail from a woman’s mailbox on S Alfadale Road and presented two counterfeit money orders totaling $1,000 to a bank.

The defendant faces four years to life in prison because of previous felony convictions.

El Reno Police learned Knapp had stolen mail from a mailbox while investigating a forgery case, according to a probable cause affidavit.

A police investigator interviewed Knapp on Jan. 27 at the El Reno Police Department.

“Knapp told me that her boyfriend stole the checks from a mailbox,” the officer wrote in the affidavit. “Knapp told me that the money was deposited into her Bank of America account and she did the transaction by electronic device.

“Knapp went on to claim that her ex-boyfriend was who used the money. I showed Knapp the back of the checks that were provided and she confirmed to me it was her signature.”

Knapp is a convicted felon now on probation for past offenses, according to Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ records.

She has previous felony convictions in Oklahoma County District Court for use of computer to commit crimes, possession of controlled substance and unlawful possession of paraphernalia.

Misdemeanor charges also are pending against Knapp in Canadian County for possession of controlled dangerous substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree forgery, improper license plate, and driving with suspended/revoked license.