Three caught buying cars with fake checks

Three Bridgeport men who were purchasing cars with counterfeit checks were caught Thursday by an alert manager and Fairfield Police.

Fairfield Police Sgt. Suzanne Lussier said the men had purchased cars at Land Rover of Milford and BMW of Bridgeport, and were in the process of attempting to steal one from Audi of Fairfield when their scheme fell apart.

 

Anthony Whitaker, 22; Desmond Pollard, 21; and Marcus Broomes, 27, all of Ridgefield Avenue in Bridgeport, were charged Thursday with criminal attempt to commit first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny. Whitaker was also charged with interfering with police.

 

All were held in lieu of $150,000 bonds and appeared in court Friday.

Lussier said one of the men, later determined to be Broomes, visited Audi of Fairfield on July 16 and asked about buying a 2010 A5. He identified himself as Mark Miller. When told he needed an ID for a test drive, Broomes reportedly told the manager he did not need a test drive and wanted to buy the car.

Broomes then left a check purported to be from Miller for the $1,000 deposit.

Broomes returned July 26 with Pollard, both in an Infiniti bearing a BMW of Bridgeport license plate frame. They left another check, in the name of Miller, for $35,734, and made arrangements to pick up the car at 2 p.m.

The manager later told police he believed the check provided had been printed on a home printer and called the credit union listed as having issued it. The credit union told him all identifying information, such as account and routing numbers, were wrong.

The Audi manager called a manager at BMW of Bridgeport, who told him three people had purchased the 2010 Infiniti the previous day. He advised BMW of the counterfeit check.

Contacted by the Audi dealership, Fairfield Police set up surveillance around the Commerce Drive site in marked and unmarked cars. A Mercedes SUV arrived, Pollard and Broomes entered the business, and police were called. The duo attempted to flee through a side door, Lussier said, but were caught.

Whitaker then drove up in the Infiniti, saw police and continued driving. He abandoned the vehicle on a dead end a quarter mile away, but was caught on foot a short distance away.

Police determined that the 2008 Mercedes had been purchased from Land Rover of Milford using a counterfeit check.

When police searched the Ridgefield Avenue address where the three men lived, they found computers and printers that had processed counterfeit checks, Lussier said.

The men were in the process of purchasing with counterfeit checks four cars from Napoli Nissan in Milford, and others from Miller Nissan in Fairfield and Stevens Ford in Milford.

Lussier said police are not sure what the men planned to do with the cars.

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