Police: Woman Tries to Cash Stolen Checks with Stolen ID

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A woman who tried to fraudulently cash two checks through a drive-up teller window at People’s United Bank last week drove off when bank employees became suspicious and asked her to come into the bank, police said.

Police gave this description of what happened:

At about 11:24 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, the woman drove up to the teller window at the bank, located at 72 Edgerton St., and tried to cash two checks, each one made out to about $1,000.

Both checks were made out to the same person and the woman gave the teller a debit card and driver’s license with that name. For some reason not mentioned by police, the teller and other bank employees became suspicious about the transaction, which ultimately led to the woman driving off.

The woman was driving a black, newer model SUV, possibly an Audi Q5. She is described as white, in her mid-30s to early 40s, with dark hair and wearing a gray shirt.

The bank employees’ suspicions were confirmed when Darien police contacted the woman whose name the checks were made out to. She told a police officer that her purse, which held her driver’s license and debit card, had been stolen in Rocky Hill two days before, on Sunday, Oct. 8.

The investigation is continuing, and police say it seems that the same woman and SUV were involved in similar fraudulent activity elsewhere in the state.

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