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Police and fire

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Fingerprints lead to altered checks

Fingerprints pulled from checks that had been altered led police to a Fort Wayne man who said he had been asked to cash them.

In October, the manager at Solid Rock LLC, 6032 Highview Drive, told police he mailed checks from a curbside mailbox that had not been cleared, but four altered checks had been taken to Independent Alliance Banks Inc. made payable to two individuals.

Two of the checks – totaling more than $3,990 – were made payable to Darryl L. Baird, authorities said.

Baird, of the 3500 block of Coliseum Boulevard West, also used an Indiana identification card to receive the cash. Thumbprints found on the checks also matched Baird’s, court records said.

On Jan. 27, Baird told police two men in a vehicle had stopped near his house to ask whether he wanted to make $100 for each cashed check.

Baird said he agreed and rode with the men while they stopped by a business and returned with two checks.

He told police the men drove him to two banks where he cashed the checks and gave the men the money. Baird said he then received his “cut” of the money.

Baird was charged Friday with two counts of felony forgery, but had not been arrested.

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