State police stop car speeding nearly 100 mph in Richmond, find over 40 different stolen checks

These are mugshots of Jeifree Marte (left) and Melvin Marte (right). (Rhode Island State Police)

RICHMOND, R.I. (WLNE) — Rhode Island State Police said Wednesday they found over 40 different stolen checks after stopping a car that was speeding in Richmond.

Police stopped the car just after 9 a.m. Monday on Interstate 95 south, after it was going nearly 100 mph.

After searching the car, police said they found a bundle hidden behind the glove box that had 45 different checks and money orders from several states, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

“Troopers also located a water bottle tied to a string and a leather belt, both coated with a sticky substance,” said Capt. Jeffrey L’heureux. “It is believed that the two males used the water bottle and belt to ‘fish’ mail from USPS mailboxes.”

L’heureux said they arrested 25-year-old Melvin Marte from Bronx, New York, and 21-year-old Jeifree Marte from Reading, Pennsylvania.

The suspects were arrested and charged with the following:

  • Receiving stolen goods
  • Obtaining property by false pretenses
  • Forgery and counterfeiting in general
  • Conspiracy to commit offenses outside of the state
  • Conspiracy to commit a felony
  • Making/possessing burglary tools

No further information was immediately released.

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