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