Police suspect teen of stealing, forging check

A 19-year-old Pacoima man was arrested for allegedly trying to cash a fraudulent check at a La Crescenta bank on Monday, police said.

At 1:10 p.m., Evani Escobar entered the Wells Fargo Bank at 4000 Foothill Blvd. and reportedly headed to a teller window to cash a check made out to him for $2,500, said Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.

Escobar did not speak to or acknowledge the teller and was talking on his cellphone the entire time, which the teller thought was suspicious, Lightfoot said.

The teller tried to access the account, but there weren’t enough funds, she said, adding that the teller also noticed the signature on the check was different than that of the account holder’s signature on file, she said.

The company listed on the account was contacted and it was confirmed the check was not issued to Escobar, Lightfoot said.

The bank contacted the police and Escobar was taken into custody without incident.

It’s unclear how Escobar obtained the check, Lightfoot said. An investigation is ongoing.

He was arrested on suspicion of burglary and forgery and is being held on $20,000 bail.


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