A 52-year-old Stratford man faces forgery and larceny charges after police said he stole checks from the mailbox of a Stratford dentist over the weekend.
Peter Ellis admitted to the theft after an incident at on Saturday in which he used a check made out to the local dentist to pay for a bill, police said.
An employee at the Main Street restaurant reportedly told police that Ellis used a $425 check to pay for a $85 bill, and didn't realize the check was not made out to Ellis until after he gave the him the remaining $340 in cash.
Officers said they caught up with Ellis in front of his Freeman Avenue home. When questioned about the Vazzy's check, police said Ellis initially told them it was his stepmother's and "that it came to his house as reimbursement for dental work."
But when police asked where his stepmother was now, Ellis reportedly said she had passed away 10 years ago.
Police then said they would call the dentist whose name appears on the check, at which point Ellis reportedly admitted to stealing the check from the Stratford dentist's mailbox. Police said they found six more checks in Ellis' home with the dentist's name on them.
Ellis was charged with third-degree forgery, sixth-degree larceny (8 counts) and held on $5,000 bond.