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New Milford police officer nabs Bronx pair in forged check scheme

Photo Credit: Courtesy NEW MILFORD PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A New Milford patrolman became the latest Bergen County law enforcer to nab another crew of thieves from the Bronx trying to cash forged checks.

Officer Derek Mattessich was checking on an illegally parked vehicle in front of the Bank of America on Ray Woods Lane just before 11:30 a.m. yesterday when he noticed a woman get out of the passenger side and enter the bank.

He got closer and smelled burnt marijuana, then noticed the rear-seat passenger — identified as 22-year-old Quentin Mulligan — trying to hide something, Detective Kevin Van Saders.

Backups arrived and helped take Mulligan and the driver, Bradley Gaines, 24, into custody.

They were carrying three debit cards issued to unknown names, as well as a bogus Chase bank check.

The woman never returned to the car. She was being sought.

Gaines and Miller were charged with possession of a forged check and ordered held on $20,000 bail.

Gaines posted his bail and was released.

Miller, who was also wanted on a warrant out of the Bronx, was being held in the Bergen County Jail.


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