DARIEN — Police are investigating a woman who fled from a Darien drive-through ATM after employees caught her trying to cash fraudulent checks.

On Oct. 10 around 11:25 a.m., a white woman in her mid-30s to early 40s with dark hair and a gray shirt went up to the drive-up teller kiosk at People’s Bank in Goodwives Shopping Center. She told the teller she wanted to cash two checks, both in the $1,000 range and made out to the same person. She presented a debit card and a driver’s license in the same name presented on the checks.

Bank personnel were suspicious of the transaction and asked the woman to come into the bank. At that point, the woman fled the area in her car, which was described as a black, newer model SUV or an Audi Q5.

The bank reported the incident to police around 2 p.m. An officer contacted the person listed on the check as the payee. The woman listed as the payee told the officer that her purse, containing her license and debit card, had been stolen out of Rocky Hill, Conn. on Oct. 8.

Police are continuing to investigate this incident as similar incidents with a similar suspect took place around the state.

ekayata@hearstmediact.com; @erin_kayata

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