A Cockeysville man was charged Thursday with stealing at least $3,000 by forging his name on checks that were written to pay utility and credit card bills, Baltimore County police said.
The checks were stolen from the lobbies of apartment buildings from piles of mail that were to be picked up by the U.S. Postal Service, police said.
"After steaming open the envelopes, the man used a felt-tip pen to write his name through the firm to be paid, then endorsed the check at the bank on which the account was drawn," said Officer William Ruth.
Police said the scheme apparently began in September and that as many as 30 checks may have been stolen and cashed.
On Wednesday, a teller at the Signet Bank at York and Church roads in Cockeysville became suspicious of a check a man tried to cash. The teller called police, who arrested the man inside the bank.
Hassan Abdul Allen, 19, of the 10000 block of Hillgreen Circle was being held yesterday at the Baltimore County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bond.