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Granada Hills man faces felony in alleged forgery attempt

Posted: January 3, 2013 6:41 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2013 6:41 p.m.

A 52-year-old Granada Hills man has been charged with allegedly trying to cash a forged check Wednesday at a bank in Valencia, court papers show.

Donald Gardiner remained in custody Thursday at the Inmate Reception Center on Bauchet Street in Los Angeles.
He was scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court on Friday on suspicion of having committed a felony, according to Sheriff’s Department booking log information.

Gardiner — 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds — was booked at 6 p.m. Wednesday by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday, a man with a cane — identified as someone who had previously cashed a forged check at the U.S. Bank branch inside the Albertsons store on Copper Hill Drive — returned to the same bank with another forged check, sheriff’s officials said Wednesday.

Bank staff who recognized the man phoned the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, then followed him.
Sheriff’s deputies found the suspect hiding in bushes on the north side of Copper Hill Drive near Tesoro Del Valle Drive.

Gardiner was arrested at 5:45 p.m., according to the booking log.
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