Pair charged with swiping checks from mailboxes
Updated 10:54 am, Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Two Bridgeport men were arrested and charged by New Canaan police for allegedly stealing checks from town residents’ mailboxes and depositing them in bank accounts, according to New Canaan Police Sgt. Carol Ogrinc.
One of the suspects was identified after he was spotted on a surveillance camera making deposits of stolen checks while wearing a shirt bearing the logo of a former employer.
Police expected to charge a third female accomplice as part of the scheme, Ogrinc said.
Christopher Cyr, 24, of 2153 Main St., Bridgeport, was arrested June 5 by warrant at the Bridgeport Correctional Facility charged with three counts of fourth-degree larceny and eight counts of second-degree forgery , according to Ogrinc.
Michael Lasky, 22, of 264 Savoy St., Bridgeport, turned himself in May 27 and was charged with six counts of liability for acts of another, three counts of fourth-degree larceny and three counts of forgery second degree.
In early November 2014, a 37-year-old male Briscoe Road resident reported checks being stolen from his mailbox between Oct. 24 and 25, with six of the checks being cashed by Oct. 28, Ogrinc said. In all about 10 checks were taken from his mailbox, Ogrinc said.
Police were able to track one of the checks, which was deposited into an account belonging to Lasky at Bank of America in Bridgeport, and identified Cyr making the deposits by using bank surveillance footage, Ogrinc said.
Police were able to pinpoint Cyr from a logo T-shirt he was wearing from a business where he used to work, Ogrinc said.
Detectives believe Cyr paid Lasky and the third female suspect in return for them allowing Cyr to deposit the checks in their accounts, Ogrinc said.
The first check traced to Lasky’s account of Oct. 24 was for $220, and subsequent checks totaling $522 were placed in the woman’s account, and $751 into Laskey’s account.
Lasky was released on $1,000 bond and is to appear in state Superior Court in Norwalk Monday, June 15, according to Ogrinc.
Cyr was released on $20,000 bond and is to appear in state Superior Court in Norwalk on Thursday, June 18, according to Ogrinc.