Alhambra police arrested Tuesday a man who allegedly cashed hundreds of fraudulent checks in grocery stories throughout Southern California. San Gabriel resident Joshua Canlas, 37, was arrested on felony charges of burglary, identity theft, forgery, and check fraud resulting in a total loss of more than $200,000, according to a written statement from Sgt. Jerry Johnson of the Alhambra Police Department.
Canlas has been under investigation since he was arrested on Nov. 8 in Alhambra while attempting to cash a fraudulent check at Ralphs grocery on Main Street and Chapel Avenue, Johnson said. Canlas posted bond and was released from custody, and since then has allegedly cashed more than 500 fraudulent checks at 52 Ralphs and Food 4 Less grocery stores throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.
Canlas was arrested at the Alhambra Courthouse following an unrelated hearing, Johnson said. He is being held in lieu of $750,000 bail and is scheduled for arraignment on Thursday.