Lincoln police tracking forged checks

Posted June 22, 2011, at 8:43 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — Authorities are seeking the public’s help in tracking forged checks that might be connected to a case that culminated with the arrest of a Mattawamkeag woman last month, Police Chief William Lawrence said Wednesday.

Ashley Hartley, 26, was charged by Sgt. Glenn Graef on May 24 with theft of checks and forgery of checks, Lawrence said.

She is accused of using checks acquired from a Hale Street home during a visit there last month and cashing them or using them to buy items worth slightly more than $400, Lawrence said. The checks were cashed within several establishments in the Lincoln Lakes region.

Lawrence credited Graef and officials at Bangor Savings Bank for having successfully traced the forged checks that police know of to the Hale Street theft.

Police suspect that they have traced all of the forged checks, but Lawrence asked that anyone with information about the case, or who might have been paid with a forged check connected with this case, contact investigators at 794-2610.

All calls will be kept confidential.

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