The manager told police Kee and a woman brought in items to trade on various dates throughout May and were give checks as payment. Kee changed the amounts on the checks, adding zeros to increase the payment, the warrant stated.
A check for $5.22 was changed to $50.22, a check for $9.75 was changed to $90.75, a check for $6.10 was changed to $60.10 and a check for $9.20 was changed to $90.20, the warrant said.
Instead of $30.27, Kee received $291.27 for the items he traded in, the warrant noted.
Police discovered the checks were cashed at a local business and were able to trace the checks to Kee. Police spoke with the woman who accompanied Kee in the store, who admitted changing the amount on checks, the warrant said. It wasn’t immediately clear if she was charged.
Kee was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday.
According to statements in court, Kee has a pending case for burglary and larceny charges. In that case, Kee is accused of stealing items from his relatives while they were out of state on vacation.
The bail commissioner said he also has an outstanding burglary warrant from Waterbury. The judge set bond at $25,000 and continued the case to Oct. 11.