Man charged with cashing stolen check

A 55-year-old New Haven man was arrested on a warrant Tuesday morning, charged with cashing a stolen check.

Rodger Torpey, of Dwight Street, was charged with second-degree forgery and sixth-degree larceny, and released on a promise to appear May 17 in Bridgeport Superior Court.

According to police, the check was stolen from a Hunter Road home last December and later cashed by Torpey for $300. The check was made out to Torpey and the memo read "yard work." However, the resident told police that was not possible because her landlord takes care of all the yard work.

The only person who had been in her house, she said, was a cat sitter. The cat sitter told police she brought a man with her to the house and he had used the bathroom. She said she saw him standing near the bedroom, where the check was stolen from a dresser.

Torpey told poice that this man gave him the check to cash, stating that a woman that he does landscaping work for would give him blank checks.