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Fire company member charged with forgery

Lancaster police have arrested a Twin District Fire Company member accused of trying to steal $40,000 from the volunteer fire department by writing and forging eight $5,000 checks he made out to himself.

Detectives arrested Mark E. Price, 23, on a warrant charging him with eight counts each of possession of a forged instrument, forgery and grand larceny. He also faces one count of petit larceny in the theft of the checks, police said.

Price, of Robert Drive, surrendered to Lancaster police Tuesday morning after learning about the warrant that contains 24 felony charges and one misdemeanor.

He is accused of stealing a book of blank checks from a closed fire company account, writing the eight checks made out in his name, forging a fire company official's signature and then depositing the checks in his own bank account, Lancaster police said.

The next day, in mid-April, police said, Price tried to pull the $40,000 out of his M&T Bank account. That's when bank officials became suspicious and notified the fire company.

"With the cooperation of M&T Bank and the fire department, we were able to close this case and make an arrest," said Capt. Timothy R. Murphy, who assisted Detective Jeff VanSplunder in the investigation.

Detectives said Price also cooperated with them after they began to interview him. The suspect told authorities that some financial problems led to his actions.

Arraigned before Lancaster Town Justice Timothy J. Dwan, Price was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to return to court June 19.


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