Police arrest woman for attempting to use forged check

December 21, 2010

By Staff

Police arrested a 32-year-old Seattle woman Dec. 17 after investigators said she attempted to use a forged check to purchase items at Honda Kubota.

Employees at the store, 1745 N.W. Mall St., said a woman had called the business Friday to purchase $13,000 in items on a business account.The store contacted the business she had claimed to represent and discovered the account had been closed because of earlier forgery attempts.

The woman said she planned to drop off a cashier’s check for the items.

“What I think is that she wanted the items to go as soon as she got there, so there wouldn’t be a big delay because, you know, they’re nervous,” Detective Sgt. Bob Porter said. “She tried to set it up on the phone so she could just minimize her time there and get in and get out.”

Issaquah police officers and the store coordinated to take the woman into custody after she presented the forged check. Police arrested her at the store Dec. 17.

Further investigation led to the arrest of a 46-year-old accomplice, a Fall City man.

Porter credited store employees for contacting police at the first sign of suspicious activity.

“Counterfeit checks are very common, unfortunately,” he said. “I’m just glad that they called us and they can let us figure this out.”

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