4 arrested for using stolen checks in Berlin

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BERLIN — Police say they have arrested four people in Berlin for using stolen checks.

On July 20, authorities were notified by Lara Garand, 59, of Colebrook, NH, advising that her checkbook was stolen.

Garand also told police that she was notified by her bank there were several charges to her account.

Following an investigation, police say that Justin Martin, 35, of Hyde Park, fraudulently cashed several of Garand’s checks.

Troopers were later notified of Garands checks being used at the Montpelier Tractor Supply, Marshfield Coop, and the Maplefields in Plainfield.

Police say that Daniel Abbott Jr, 30, of Cabot, and Logan Ballard, 34, of Woodbury, had also fraudulently passed Garand’s checks.

Ballard was located at the scene of a single-vehicle crash.

He was taken into custody for uttering forged instruments, transported to the Berlin barracks, and released on a citation to appear in court on August 24.

Troopers out of the Berlin barracks are still attempting to locate Martin and Abbott Jr.

Both are persons of interest for multiple counts of uttering forged instruments and aiding in the commission of a felony.

Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is asked to contact the VSP Berlin barracks.

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