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Aug 29, 2015 8:43 AM

Bank employee alerts police; 2 arrested in 2-state bad check scheme


CHESTERFIELD - An employee of the Brattleboro Savings and Loan is credited with recognizing two men suspected of passing stolen checks and alerting police in time for them to make immediate arrests inside the bank.

Police say they initially thought they were responding to a bank robbery at the location on Route 9 in West Chesterfield. Arriving within four minutes of the call, they were able to arrest the two suspects still at the bank.

Raymond Stephenson, 36, of Springfield, Mass. was charged with attempted felony theft, and Edward Gearing, 36, also of Springfield, was charged with three counts of felony theft and one count of attempted felony theft. Both men were released on bail and are scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 5.

The check scheme is one that involved more than $8,000 in losses between New Hampshire and Vermont, using checks stolen from a Vermont vendor.

Police say they received reports of additional suspects at the Shell gas station and other officers were called to respond to that location and to other locations west of the bank. Agencies involved were the New Hampshire State Police, the Vermont State Police, the Cheshire County Sheriff's Office and Brattleboro police.

Police say the investigation continues and additional arrests are expected. The incident is not believed to be connected to an earlier string of burglaries in Chesterfield.


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