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Stamford police: Siblings caught with forged checks

September 7, 2018

STAMFORD — Two siblings have been charged with larceny after police say they were found with forged checks.

Capt. Richard Conklin said officers in the Narcotics and Organized Crime squad noticed a man and woman walking on Frederick Street as they were making another arrest Tuesday night. Conklin said the man, Divine Bens, 24, of Jamaica, N.Y., tried to conceal something in his left hand and shoved it into a pocket in his shorts when he spotted the officers.

Conklin said the pair then abruptly turned and walked into a pizzeria. The officers found their behavior suspicious and followed them into the restaurant. Conklin said Bens continued to act suspicious after he came out of the bathroom.

Conklin said officers found two checks wrapped in a paper towel behind the toilet. One check for $4,200 was made out to Bens’ sister, Kashawnna Bens, 28, of Frederick Street. The other check was blank and from Bayshore, N.Y., Conklin said.

The two were charged with second-degree larceny, second-degree forgery and conspiracy on both counts. They were each held in lieu of a $10,000 court appearance bond.

“This was very alert police work by these narcotics officers who could tell they were up to something,” Conklin said.