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Report Of Fake Check At Wilton Bank Leads To Arrest Of New York Pair

Manhattan resident Fianna Lee was charged with forgery in Wilton last week. Photo Credit: Wilton Police
Christopher Coombs of the Bronx was arrested last week in Wilton on forgery and drug charges. Photo Credit: Wilton Police

WILTON, Conn. — A man and woman from New York City were charged with felony forgery after someone tried to cash a fake check at First Niagara Bank at 30 Danbury Road in Wilton last week, police said.

Police received a call from bank officials last Wednesday afternoon that a black woman had left after attempting to cash a check that was determined to be fake, police say. A short time later, an officer stopped a suspicious vehicle on Route 7 near the Norwalk line, police say.

Inside the car were Bronx resident Christopher Coombs, 20, and Fianna Lee, 21, of Manhattan, police said. The two told police that a third person, a black woman, went inside the bank to try to cash the check and then left in a different vehicle, the arrest report says.

Officers searched the vehicle due to an odor of marijuana coming from inside, the report says. Numerous fraudulent checks and debit cards were found inside the vehicle, police say. Officers also found a small amount of marijuana and a marijuana grinder inside the vehicle, the report says.

Coombs and Lee were taken into custody and charged with second-degree forgery and conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny. Coombs was additionally charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Each was held on $5,000 bond and transported to Norwalk Superior Court the next day. The identity of the third person was still under investigation.

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