AUSTIN (KXAN) — Three people were arrested after a bank employee tipped off police to a customer trying to cash a check that did not belong to her, an arrest affidavit said.
After recognizing the vehicle and one of the women from previous attempts to perform the same act in the drive-thru lane, the employee at the Chase Bank on Bee Caves Road verified with the account holder that the woman in possession of the check did not have permission to cash it. The worker then called police, holding onto the check and the driver’s license the woman provided, the document said.
Rollingwood police said the license given to the teller had a picture of a Hispanic woman on it. The driver of the car was white, the document said.
When police arrived the woman attempted to leave, prompting the officer to initiate a traffic stop.
The woman initially told police she did not have ID and then had trouble stating her name to the officer, according to the warrant. Later, she and a passenger both provided false names and birthdates to the officer, the document said.
A search of the car turned up binders filled with 48 checks that did not belong to the women, the document said. Police also found several credit cards, bank statements and income tax returns.
Sarah Elizabeth Chomistek, 30, was arrested and charged with several counts of theft, forgery of a financial document and credit card abuse. Her bond was set at $135,000.
Her passenger, 36-year-old Suzan Yvette Tobar, was charged with fraudulent use of identifying information and giving false identification.
Tobar was also charged with possession of a controlled substance after police found a syringe and bags of narcotics which police say contained heroin. Her bond was set at $38,000.
Christopher Young, 35, was also arrested in connection to the crimes.