Third suspect arrested in check thefts
Updated 11:37 am, Wednesday, April 12, 2017
NEW CANAAN — Police arrested a third suspect related to a case where $31,000 in checks were stolen from New Canaan mailboxes and fraudulently deposited.
Wayne R. Barker, of Christy Street in Norwalk, turned himself in to police April 5 for charges of third-degree larceny, second-degree forgery and third-degree identity theft. The 44-year-old was held on a $40,000 bond and transported to Norwalk Court.
Previously, police arrested Kimberly Ann Ruff, 36, and Wayne E. Barker, 24, for the same incident.
On Dec. 12, 2015, New Canaan police received a complaint about a check stolen from a 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 were able to determine the suspects and issued warrants for them.