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Sam Ash customer caught with bad checks, fake IDs, cops say

Lamont Canteen, 37, of Manhattan, was arrested on

Lamont Canteen, 37, of Manhattan, was arrested on May 16, 2016, and charged with using a fraudulent check at a Sam Ash music store in Carle Place, Nassau County police said. Credit: NCPD

A Manhattan man must face the music after he tried to pass a bad check for the second time in a month at a Sam Ash store in Carle Place, only to have the manager recognize him and call 911 — bringing his encore performance to an abrupt end, police said.

Lamont Canteen, 37, of West 147th Street, was arrested at the store on Old Country Road at 1:41 p.m. on Monday and charged with 17 counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument and fourth-degree grand larceny. He faces arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Nassau County police said Canteen attempted to write a check for a purchase he was making at the music store on Monday. But, police said, the manager recognized Canteen as the same man who had written a check for $2,323.24 during a shopping spree on April 21 — a check that proved to be fraudulent. The manager called 911. Police came and made the arrest.

An investigation by Third Squad detectives, along with detectives from the Major Case Bureau’s Crimes Against Property Squad, determined Canteen also was in possession of what police described as “numerous fraudulent checks as well as fraudulent identifications to match those checks.”

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