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Riverside pair accused of trying to pass a forged check

By in Press Enterprise on January 31, 2018

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

A Riverside pair was arrested Monday evening after authorities say they tried cash a forged check.

Justin Denhoed, 26, and Cristina Lucas, 37, both of Riverside, were booked into Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of conspiracy to commit identity theft, according to a Riverside police statement.

Just before 6 p.m., police were called to a Wells Fargo bank in the 8900 block of Trautwein Road for a person trying to pass a forged check, the statement said. The person at the window had a check and an identification card.

The officer held the person and learned there were accomplices outside in a waiting vehicle, officials said.

The police helicopter, Air Support Unit Air-1, spotted the vehicle and led officers to its location at Trautwein Road and Alessandro Boulevard, officials said.

Officers found three people inside and learned one of them “had provided the checks and identification card to the original suspect inside the bank,” the statement said.

The duo were later identified as Denhoed and Lucas. It’s unclear if the remaining people found in the vehicle were also arrested.

Riverside police authorities are investigating the case.

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