Authorities said two Phenix City men presented forged checks to Auburn and Opelika banks Wednesday afternoon.
Gary R. Hannah, 22, and James D. Lowery, 19, both face two counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument in relation the incidents. They are were transported to the Lee County Jail, where they are eligible for a $3,000 bond, according to a release.
Officials with the Auburn bank in the 2300 block of East University Drive told police that two men went into the business Wednesday afternoon and each man presented a check for payment. Both checks were drawn on the account of a local establishment and made payable for a combined total of more than $2,600, authorities said.
Officials later learned that the checks were forged.
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Hannah and Lowery allegedly went to Opelika afterwards and attempted to forge similar checks at the Keystone Bank at 1804 East Thomason Drive around 3:30 p.m.
Opelika Police arrested Hannah and Lowery shortly after they left the Keystone Bank around 5 p.m. The suspects were charged with one count each of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and placed in the Lee County Jail.
Opelika authorities contacted Auburn police Wednesday and let them know that the checks forged at the Auburn bank were similar to the ones Hannah and Lowery attempted to forge at the Keystone Bank. Detectives with both agencies worked together to identify the men as the individuals responsible for the forgeries in Auburn.
On that same day, Hannah and Lowery were issued additional charges for the Auburn incident.