An investigation into check fraud led Madison police to make forgery and drug arrests Friday.

Sgt. Derk Napier, who led the investigation, responded to a report of theft in the 2400 block of Cypress Street on March 11.

The items reported missing by the woman who contacted the police included several pieces of costume jewelry, two rings, a pocket knife collection and a ladder, according to the police report.

The woman later reported several checks had been stolen after she received her bank statement. Police found at least four checks had been made out to Brenden Ferguson totaling $350, according to the police report.

Police received information from a bank that Ferguson, 27, had tried to cash another check and were able perform a traffic stop on his vehicle.

Officers placed Ferguson under arrest after the stop. He faces five counts of forgery and one count of receiving stolen property.

The driver of the vehicle, Kristen L. Koontz, 19, was wearing a wig and hat, Napier wrote in the report. Shortly after telling Koontz she'd be taken in for questioning, officers saw Koontz throw two small plastic bags away from where she was standing.

Inside the bags were a small amount of cocaine and a single pill that tested positive as a controlled substance, according to the report.

Koontz faces a charge of possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance.

The investigation was led by Napier. Senior Patrolman Joe Baker and Patrolman James Lee assisted the investigation.