Man arrested on suspicion of making fake checks in Merced

Merced police said a 36-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of making counterfeit checks.

Officers with the Disruptive Area Response Team responded to a hotel room in the 1300 block of W. 16th Street around 4:30 p.m. to serve a probation check on Bryan Brewer. Inside Brewer’s room, officers found equipment for manufacturing counterfeit checks, according to a press release.

Sgt. Don King said about a dozen of the fake checks had been completed and around 50 were incomplete. King said some of the checks had the names of local businesses imprinted on them. Brewer was booked into the Merced County Jail, where he remains without bail.

King said DART was recently formed to focus on high crime areas of the city.

Anyone with additional information about the case can call King at (209) 384-4188 or the department’s automated tip line at (209) 385-4725. Anonymous text tips can be sent by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the keyword in the text message.