WESTPORT — While visiting from California, a 28-year-old house guest stole $4,000 in fraudulent checks from his host to put toward his college tuition, police said.

Police said Christopher Puth, of Santa Clarita, California, came for a stay at a Westport residence in early April, but in leaving he took some things that were not his.

The homeowner told police Puth stole 12 checks, forged his signature and withdrew more than $4,000 for his account. Police said three of the checks were made out to Puth’s college but were later altered to show Puth as the payee.

Puth turned himself in on May 24 and was charged with third-degree larceny and first-degree forgery. He was released on a $20,000 court-set bond, and he was given a court date of May 30.