Man faces forgery charges in addition to armed robbery

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UTICA — A Utica man recently charged with an armed robbery at the Stewart’s Shop in Bridgewater is now also facing charges after fake checks and blank check paper were found at his residence, according to the Utica Police Department.

The Sheriff’s Office said that Hamadi Muya, 22, robbed the Stewart’s Shop at gunpoint on April 15 and then fled the store.

The Utica Police Department assisted in the investigation and said they searched Muya’s Utica residence on May 3.

During the search, police said they found several fraudulent checks, blank check paper and a printer.

Police said the checks were found to originate from a local credit union, with a local automotive business listed as the owner of the checks.

Police spoke with both the bank and the business and confirmed the checks were not legitimate.

Police said the checks had also been designated to various individuals in amounts exceeding $7,500.

Muya was eventually located and taken into custody for the robbery on May 3, and he was charged with the stickup. Utica Police said Muya was additionally charged with eight counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument and one count of criminal possession of a forgery device.

He is scheduled to appear in Utica City Court.

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