NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Four Cuyahoga County residents were arrested Tuesday after a check on a suspicious vehicle led to charges they were involved in cashing a stolen check.
In a Facebook post, North Ridgeville police said a sergeant was patrolling Center Ridge Road when he saw a man get out of a car parked at a gas station at Center Ridge Road and Ridge Plaza Drive and cross the street to the Huntington Bank.
“Feeling that this was suspicious, he turned around to check on the vehicle. As he drove into the lot the vehicle, which was a rental and occupied by three subjects, quickly left northbound on Ridge Plaza Drive,” according to North Ridgeville police.
Backup was called to follow the vehicle, while the sergeant went into the bank and met with Reginald Laughlin, 20, of Cleveland, who allegedly was trying to cash a stolen check for more than $800.
Meanwhile, another officer found the car in an apartment complex parking lot on Ridge Plaza Drive. Inside were two people, 22-year-old Robert Grant and 20-year-old Makailah Cleaves, both of Cleveland, who were detained.
A resident soon called police to report that a fourth subject, who had run from the car, was hiding in a wooded area near the apartments. Police officers chased, scuffled with and arrested 24-year-old Khalyl Wadley of Cleveland Heights, whom they found had several outstanding warrants for his arrest.
Laughlin was charged with forgery, passing bad checks and receiving stolen property. Grant was charged with two counts of complicity and one count each of driving under suspension and possession of marijuana. Cleaves was charged with two counts of complicity, and Wadley with two counts of complicity and one count each of receiving stolen property, falsification and resisting arrest.
All four were taken to Lorain County Jail. Further investigation revealed that the four allegedly cashed fraudulent checks in other cities, according to North Ridgeville police.
Laughlin, Grant and Cleaves all posted bond and were released as of Thursday afternoon. Wadley was being held in Lorain County Jail on $5,000 bond.