Late Thursday, Jan. 10th/early Friday, Jan. 11th, deputies from the Santa Clarita Sheriff Station received a burglary call from an apartment complex on McBean Parkway. When they arrived at the scene, the deputies found the suspect banging on one of the apartment doors and demanding to be let in. The man’s demeanor lead deputies to believe he was under the influence of drugs and, after a subsequent search, discovered a book of blank checks as well as a controlled substance on the suspect’s person.
The checks belonged to a relative and, after a follow-up by investigators, it was determined that the suspect did not have permission to be in possession of them. He was subsequently arrested under suspicion of possession of a controlled substance as well as fraud. He was taken to the Santa Clarita Sheriff Station Jail and held on $20,000 bail.
The controlled substance that the suspect had in his possession was not mentioned, so it isn’t clear which law he will be charged under. If the substance was prescription medication or narcotic that wasn’t methamphetamine, he will likely be charged under California Health and Safety Code 11350 HS. If the substance was methamphetamine, he will instead be charged with violating California Health and Safety Code 11377 HS.
Check fraud is covered under California Penal Code 457 HS and is charged when someone attempts to (or succeeds in) make, write, pass, or possess a check that is fake, altered, or forged.