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Cops: Teen embezzler, gun-toting felon arrested

Mountain View police say an 18-year-old female from Concord tried to cash a forged check at a downtown bank last week but was caught in the act by officers, who also arrested her friend waiting outside — a 21-year-old felon from Concord in possession of a semiautomatic handgun.

According to police, at about 3:10 p.m. last Wednesday, Nov. 18, Melissa Vongphakdy tried to cash a forged $3,500 check at the Bank of America at the corner of Castro and Mercy streets. Bank employees, noticing something amiss, notified police, who arrived to find Vongphakdy still inside the bank along with an unidentified 16-year-old Hayward girl.

Outside, police found two other unnamed juveniles and 21-year-old Michael Collins, a convicted felon who allegedly was keeping his bulletproof vest and semiautomatic handgun in the trunk of the car the Hayward girl drove. Police say the car turned out to belong to her father.

Vongphakdy was arrested on charges of attempting to pass a fraudulent check, conspiracy and suspicion of burglary. Collins was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and suspicion of conspiracy. The Hayward girl, who allegedly lied about her identity, was arrested on charges of providing false information to a police officer and suspicion of burglary and was released to her parents.

Police say they are still investigating the case and believe there may be more suspects who came in a second car. Anonymous tips about the case can be made to police by calling (650) 903-6344.

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