A businessman was charged with receiving stolen items after police found tyres that were allegedly purchased using fraudulent cheques at his Couva businessplace.

Riaz Ali, 47, who operates a trucking business in Couva, was granted $50,000 bail by Justice of the Peace Boodlal Balkaran on Friday. He will appear before a San Fernando Magistrate today to answer the charge.

Police said on March 4, the owner of a tyre shop reported that sometime between March 1 and March 4, a man who identified himself as “Michael” placed an order for 30 ‘11R’ truck tyres, 26 ‘295’ truck tyres and four ‘12R’ truck tyres. The tyres were valued at $106,499.88

The tyre shop owner said “Michael” paid with two cheques, which were deposited in his business account.

The tyres were later dropped off at two different locations in South Trinidad. However, the tyre shop owner then became aware that the cheques were fraudulent and reported the matter.

Sgt Seepersad, PC Thomas and other officers from the San Fernando Fraud Squad subsequently went to Ramdeensingh Drive, Calcutta No 1, Couva, where they met Ali.

Seepersad identified himself and started looking around the compound, where he allegedly saw the tyres in a pile secured on the left side of a garage.

Ali, of Scott’s Road, Penal, was arrested and taken to the station where he was charged.