(7-10-18) On Monday, July 9th the Celina Police responded to the Second National Bank at 800 N. Main St. regarding a man trying to cash a fraudulent check. Celina detectives and uniformed officers responded to the scene to investigate. They found two Piqua, Ohio men, 37 year old Michael J. Lambert and 40 year old Shawn B. Pierce.
Through the investigation it was found that Lambert had entered the bank with a personal check which had been washed to remove the information written on it and in its place it was filled out to Lambert for $475. It appears the checks were stolen from a residential mailbox from out of this area. Lambert was arrested on forgery charges.
Shawn Pierce was interviewed by officers who detected he was under the influence of drugs. The investigation found Pierce in possession of suspected marijuana and suspected meth. Also located was a loaded handgun. He was arrested for drug possession and improperly handling of firearms.
Both men face felony charges and the case in under review by Mercer Co. Prosecutor, Matthew K. Fox.