And all told, police said, they stole $5,800.
Now a sixth person has been arrested in connection with the scheme police said involved forging 10 checks between Dec. 10 and Jan. 17 -- all deposited into personal accounts and then later drawn against the police credit union account.
Tamarr Ellerbe, 23,of 67 Terrace Ave., Hempstead, was arrested Thursday and charged with third-degree grand larceny, two counts of second-degree forgery, two counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument and a second-degree robbery charge from a previous open warrant.
He is scheduled for arraignment Friday in First District Court in Hempstead.
Police said Friday that five co-defendants in the scheme were previously arrested in February. They include four Hempstead residents: Shaniqua Reese, 21, of 50 Jackson Ave.; Shantavia Land, 21, of 60 Gladys Ave.; Gianni Henderson, 20, of 100 Terrace Ave.; and, Alexis Stevens, 18, of 129 Terrace Ave.. Also arrested was Ashley Smellie, 20, of 400 B 1st Ave., New Hyde Park.
Police said all of the co-defendants were charged with second-degree possession of a forged instrument. Smellie was additionally charged with third-degree grand larceny.
The five co-defendants were arraigned in February.
The status of their cases was not immediately available.