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3 arrests in forgery case

William Ferchland

Three men were taken into custody on suspicion of using fake checks to buy goods at stores like KMart and Wal-Mart and return them for money, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

The trio was stopped on Highway 50 near Zephyr Cove Beach for speeding last Thursday. Due to differing statements on where they were going, the deputy searched the vehicle. Goods such as an electric shaver, hair clippers, a Shimano fishing reel, a Black and Decker stud finder and a Brandy compact disc were found in the rented 2005 Buick, the deputy said.

Fake checks were also found, the deputy said.

The three men, all in their 30s, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and other charges. They were booked into Douglas County Jail with bail for each set at $40,000.

In other news:

nA 54-year-old Meyers woman was given a notice to remove several items of front-yard junk which was in violation of a county ordinance, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.

The house, on the 1500 block of Arapahoe Street, has a dilapidated fifth-wheel trailer, an old Suburban propped up by a log, a broken black Bronco, a commercial-sized Dumpster and a garage that likely can’t be closed because of overspilling contents, the deputy said. On the grass was a lawn mower, a snow blower and washing machine.

The deputy said he would return in two weeks to see if the items were removed.

nA 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and grand larceny when he pocketed a digital camera sitting on a desk at a design office in Harveys Resort Casino, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

A hidden camera recorded the man picking up and examining items, including the hidden camera, which was placed there for security reasons.

The man, who worked for an independent cleaning company, said he picked up the digital camera because he wanted to see how it worked, the deputy said.

The man was booked into Douglas County Jail with bail set at $35,000.

– E-mail William Ferchland at wferchland@tahoedailytribune.com.

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