Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Trio Accused of Fraud, Writing Worthless Checks

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Trio Accused of Fraud, Writing Worthless Checks

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer

Two Jacksonville women, 22 and 36, and a 44-year-old man were arrested Nov. 3 on charges of uttering a forged instrument, worthless checks, scheming to defraud, tampering with evidence, unauthorized possession of a driver's license and theft of personal identification after someone cashed a worthless check at the Publix supermarket in the Plantation Plaza shopping center at Race Track Road and Flora Branch Boulevard in Fruit Cove.

Police said two women each cashed a check using suspicious identification at the store at 8:30 p.m. Employees called the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, then watched the pair get into a Lincoln Town Car outside.

Deputies stopped the Lincoln at the parking lot entrance and found altered driver's licenses, a large amount of money and several uncashed checks inside. Deputies said they also found a pouch with two pieces of suspected crack cocaine and a pipe under the driver's seat.

Police arrested the driver and two women inside on the charges, while the man was also charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in the Mandarin and Northwest St. Johns County area, according to the Jacksonville and St. Johns Sheriffs offices:

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-- An 18-year-old Mandarin man was arrested Tuesday on a charge of grand theft, after someone stole a laptop computer from a classroom at Mandarin High School, 4831 Greenland Road, police said.

Police said a teacher reported the theft to the school resource officer at 9 a.m. The officer questioned students and learned the laptop had been taken to a home, where they found it hidden under some hats on a bed. The student was arrested and the computer returned to the teacher, police said.

A laptop computer valued at $2,100 was stolen from a teacher between 9 a.m. Sept. 30 and 6:45 a.m. Tuesday from a school office. And police said a 17-year-old student was arrested Sept. …

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