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Three arrested after alleged attempt to pass fake check

Three men were arrested Saturday after they allegedly attempted to pass fake checks at a bank in Mount Airy.

Deshawn Donta Mobley, 25, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Dimitros Ebrima Secka Jordan, 28, of Charlotte, North Carolina, were charged with two counts of forging private documents, two counts of possessing forged private documents, one count of theft between $1,000 and $10,000 and possessing a false government ID. Mobley was held on $20,000 bond and Jordan was held on $10,000 bond, and both remained unchanged after a bail review Monday, according to electronic court records.

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Nathan Daniel Schaefer, 33, of Millersville, was charged with two counts of possessing forged documents, one count of possessing a false government ID, one count of theft between $1,000 and $10,000, one count of possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia, one count of CDS equipment and one count of CDS possession - not marijuana. He was held on $20,000 bond, which remained unchanged after a bail review Monday, according to electronic court records.

Tiffany Nicole Gutkoska, 23, of Baltimore, was charged with one count of possession of CDS - not marijuana, one count of possession of CDS paraphernalia and one count of possession of CDS equipment. She was released on her own personal recognizance Saturday, according to electronic court records.

Maryland State Police troopers were called to the New Windsor State Bank at 1001 Twin Arch Road in Mount Airy for a report of someone attempting to pass a fraudulent check. The caller was able to describe the vehicle the suspect had fled in, and two troopers found the car and followed it until it parked, according to a statement of probable cause.

The driver of the vehicle got out of the car, told the trooper he had to relieve himself and then asked what was going on. Mobley, Jordan and Gutkoska were passengers in the car.

The troopers checked the passenger side of the door and noticed two checks on the floor of the car. The checks were written to Schaefer from Shannon Baum Signs Inc. for the amounts of $1,375 and $1,475, according to the statement.

Troopers searching the car found a black backpack belonging to Schaefer that had 14 capsules of white powder, three syringes and a metal spoon with a burnt bottom, according to the statement. Troopers also found two Social Security cards that did not belong to any of the four passengers in the bag and three more IDs in the car, according to the statement.

One of the troopers spoke with the manager of the Mount Airy branch of the New Windsor State Bank who told him that a man matching Schaefer's description handed her a check that she recognized as fraudulent. She asked Schaefer for his ID, saying she needed to photocopy it, and Schaefer left with the ID and check, according to the statement.

Schaefer told troopers that he was picked up in Baltimore by Mobley and Jordan. Mobley offered him $250 to cash a check, he agreed to it and the two men drove him to a bank to cash the checks, according to the statement.

He told troopers he "didn't feel right" cashing the checks and left the bank because he thought it was a scam and didn't want to get in trouble. He told officers he purchased heroin laced with fentanyl in Baltimore. He found the Social Security cards in the backpack and planned to return them, according to the statement.

Jordan told troopers that Mobley asked if he wanted to come with him to Maryland. He told troopers he slept the majority of the way. When he woke up Schaefer and Gutkoska were in the car and there were troopers following them, according to the statement.

Mobley declined to speak with the police.

Schaefer, Jordan, Mobley and Gutkoska are scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 18 for preliminary hearings.

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