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Forgery suspect appears in court

Posted: January 4, 2013 7:00 p.m.
Updated: January 4, 2013 7:00 p.m.

A 52-year-old Granada Hills man charged with allegedly trying to cash a forged check Wednesday at a bank in Valencia appeared in court Friday, a court clerk confirmed.

Donald Gardiner made a brief appearance in San Fernando Superior Court on suspicion of having committed a felony, she said.

He was ordered to appear back in court Jan. 14.

Gardiner remains in custody at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility on Bauchet Street in Los Angeles.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound man was booked at 6 p.m. Wednesday by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies.

About an hour before his arrest, 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.
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