A house guest has been charged with stealing and cashing thousands of dollars worth of stolen checks from a Westport residence, police said.
The man, identified as Christopher Puth, turned himself in on an active arrest warrant on Thursday, May 24.
An officer was dispatched to the Westport residence on April 18 after a report of stolen checks. The victim reported that a former house guest stole 12 checks and forged his signature, Westport Police said.
Puth later cashed the stolen checks, drawing more than $4,000 from the victim’s bank account, according to police. Three of the checks had been made payable to Puth’s college for tuition, but were later altered to reflect Puth himself as the payee, police added. The investigating officer submitted an arrest warrant application for Puth, which was later signed.
Puth was charged with third-degree larceny and first-degree forgery. He was released after posting $20,000 court set bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Court on Wednesday, May 30.
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