NEW CANAAN — Police have charged two Norwalk residents suspected of stealing over $31,000 worth of checks from New Canaan mailboxes.

On Dec. 12, 2015, New Canaan police received a complaint about a check stolen from a local mailbox. Over the next several months, at least nine New Canaan residents reported over $31,000 in checks stolen from mailboxes around town. After taking the checks from the mailbox, the suspects would alter the check recipient’s information and use a cell phone to deposit the checks into multiple bank accounts.

After a yearlong investigation, New Canaan police determined three suspects were behind this and obtained warrants for each person involved. On March 29 around 7:15 a.m., Kimberly Ann Ruff, of Wolfpit Avenue in Norwalk, turned herself in to New Canaan police on charges of third-degree larceny, second-degree forgery and four counts of third-degree identity theft. The 36-year-old was held in lieu of $35,000 bond before being transported to Norwalk Court.

Later on March 29, around 11 a.m., police traveled to Norwalk Court to process Wayne E. Barker, of Christy Street in Norwalk, for two counts of misapplication of property and two counts of second-degree forgery. Barker, 24, was at court for a separate matter and remained in the custody of the court on prior charges.

On April 5 around 6:45 a.m., the third suspect, Wayne R. Barker, 44, also of Christy Street, turned himself into New Canaan police for his involvement in the incident. He was charged with third-degree larceny, third-degree identity theft and third-degree forgery. Barker was held on a $40,000 bond and transported to Norwalk Court.

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