Crime alert: Pair cashed fraudulent checks worth $20,000 at 7 Berks County banks

The female suspect in a series of ID theft/fraud check cashing crimes caught on video surveillance at the Tompkins VIST Bank in Hamburg Thursday, Sept. 5.

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Crime details

Offense: Fraud/identity theft to cash fraudulent checks.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 5.

Location and time: Tompkins VIST Bank branches in Hamburg at 3:37 p.m., Leesport (Northpoint) at 4:10 p.m., and Bern Township at 4:47 p.m.

Date: Friday, Sept. 6.

Location and time: Tompkins VIST Bank branches in Sinking Spring at 2:10 p.m., Wyomissing at 3:07 p.m., Exeter at 3:40 p.m., and Birdsboro at 4:26 p.m.

Suspects: A woman caught on video and a male accomplice hiding in the back seat.

Police synopsis: The white female with blond hair caught on video passed a stolen Pennsylvania driver's license and debit card through the drive-up window and used the stolen person's ID to cash fraudulent checks. The total amount of cash stolen in these incidents has exceeded $20,000.

The female suspect was accompanied by a black male who was hiding by laying down in the back seat. The suspects are believed to be operating what appeared to be a dark colored newer model Ford Explorer with possible Pennsylvania registration.

Law enforcement investigating the crimes: Birdsboro police, Wyomissing police, Northern Berks Regional police, Exeter Township police, along with other Berks County police agencies.

Contact: Crime Alert Berks County as noted above or telephone Birdsboro police (610-582-6037); Exeter Township police (610-779-1490); Wyomissing police (610-375-6012, option 3) or Northern Berks Regional police (610-926-2999).

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