4 men suspected of cashing forged checks are arrested

December 05, 2007

Four Prince George's County men suspected of cashing forged checks worth more than $18,000 in a four-hour period at Bank of America branches were arrested in Hanover, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

After the first four checks were cashed Saturday, Bank of America flagged the account being used.

Later, police were called when someone tried to cash a check for $4,500 that afternoon at the Bank of America branch at Arundel Mills mall, police said.

Officers were called to the bank, and the suspect gave a description of a car he and his associates were using.

Police quickly found a vehicle matching the description with three men inside. Police said the driver of the car attempted to flee but struck a curb and the men ran. They were arrested after an extensive foot chase and search of the mall area.

Police recovered $13,000 in cash from the suspects, plus thousands of personal checks bearing personal information.

Romaine Earle-Dwight Elliot, 18, of New Carrollton was charged with using a false document.

Ademola Adetokunbo Adeala, 23, of Laurel; Shoobert St. Phirin, 18, of Lanham; and Adeoluwa Adesegun Akerele, 21, of Capitol Heights were charged with possession of marijuana. Police said the investigation is continuing and that the suspects could face additional charges.

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