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Granada Hills man sentenced in local forgery attempt

Man had allegedly passed forged check at local bank, then went back for more

Posted: February 20, 2013 6:27 p.m.
Updated: February 20, 2013 6:27 p.m.

A 52-year-old Granada Hills man charged with trying to cash a forged check at a Valencia bank in January is now serving a three-year sentence.

Donald Gardiner appeared in San Fernando Superior Court last month on a felony burglary charge and was subsequently sentenced to three years incarceration after entering a plea, court officials confirmed.

Gardiner, who lived on Simonds Street in Granada Hills, was sentenced the same day in connection with two prior criminal cases, court officials confirmed.

The other two cases were probation violations for a criminal case that went to court and wrapped up in 2011, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Gardiner, who walks with a cane, was held in custody after sentencing and remains at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility on Bauchet Street in Los Angeles.

On Jan. 2, shortly after 5 p.m., he hobbled into the Albertsons store on Copper Hill Drive with his cane and was immediately identified as someone who had previously cashed a forged check at the U.S. Bank branch inside the store.

Gardiner had returned Jan. 2 to same bank with another forged check, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station investigators said at the time.

Bank staff who recognized him phoned the Sheriff’s Station, then followed the man.

Sheriff’s deputies found the suspect hiding in bushes on the north side of Copper Hill Drive near Tesoro Del Valle Drive.

Gardiner was arrested at gunpoint and handcuffed.
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