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Police say a Maryland pair chose the wrong time to try to pass a bad check at a New Freedom bank, as a plainclothes officer happened to be standing right next to the woman as she allegedly did so.

On Aug. 26 about 3 p.m., an on-duty Southern Regional police officer was in the People's Bank at 26 E. Main St., conducting police business, when one of the employees quietly let him know the woman next to him was trying to pass a bad check, according to a news release from police.

The office had bank employees stall the woman while he called in other officers. Police arrested the woman, Keshanda Sherice Brown, 25, of Edgewood, Maryland, and Terrace Raynard Johnson, 30, of Baltimore, who was waiting for her in a car out in the parking lot, the release states.

Brown was charged with forgery, attempted theft by deception, possession of a small amount of marijuana and passing bad checks; she remains free on $10,000 unsecured bail, according to the release. Johnson, who remains in York County Prison on $30,000 bail, thanks in part to another active warrant out for his arrest, was charged with conspiracy to commit forgery and conspiracy to pass bad checks, police say.

— Reach Sean Cotter at scotter@yorkdispatch.com.

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