SAN BERNARDINO – Two San Bernardino men were arrested for allegedly stealing and altering church checks authorities said. Deputies from the Central station were made aware of the incident in early-November when a then, unidentified male subject went to a store to cash check stolen from the North Hills Church.
The checks were made out to several suspect, leading to the arrest of a 26-year-old probationer, Alex Beltran of Muscoy on November 11th. Beltran was found to have attempted to cash one of the stolen checks at a business in Muscoy. Beltran was booked into West Valley Detention Center and is being held without bail.
Two weeks later, on November 25th a second suspect was arrested. Melbin Solis, 26, of San Bernardino was found to have cashed several stolen checks. The stolen checks equaled thousands of dollars were cashed at the Midway Market in the City of San Bernardino. Solis was booked into the Central Detention Center and released on his own recognizance.
Deputies believe that there are several other suspects that makes up a ring of criminals dedicated to stealing, altering, and cashing checks. Small businesses that have cashed checks from the North Hills Church are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Department.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Central station at (909)387-3545. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME(27463), or you may leave information on the website at www.wetip.com.
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