WORTHINGTON - A Worthington man made his initial appearance Tuesday in Nobles County District Court on charges related to stealing money and later depositing it into his bank account.

Khampong Thammalong, 29, appeared on felony check forgery and gross misdemeanor theft charges that stemmed from a report of stolen rent payments. The felony-level offense is punishable up to five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.

According to court documents, in late December, the Worthington Police Department received a report of a break-in and theft of envelopes that contained rent payments. As part of the following investigation, a tenant provided information related to the service she made the payment from. It was traced to a deposit made at a Worthington bank.

According to the probable cause document, the investigator reviewed surveillance footage dated Jan. 4. The footage depicted a dark-colored SUV at the bank’s ATM. The officer allegedly recognized the vehicle’s two occupants from prior police contacts.

The surveillance footage allegedly depicted Thammalong, the vehicle’s passenger, hand the driver some paper documents. The driver then navigated the ATM machine, withdrew cash from the account the rent payment had been deposited into, counted it and handed some of the sum to Thammalong.