WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested a man on Wednesday they say went on a vehicle spending spree using a closed checking account.
Police allege Tyler Williams, 23, of East Chestnut Street, Wilkes-Barre, issued bad checks to purchase five vehicles and a trailer and tried to buy another vehicle, but the sale was denied.
Williams was arraigned on 12 counts of theft, six counts of receiving stolen property, five counts of bad checks, four counts of criminal mischief, two counts of criminal mischief to commit theft and a single count of criminal attempt to pass a bad check. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.
According to the criminal compliant:
Plains Township police recovered a 1999 Ford that was reported stolen to Wilkes-Barre police when Williams was taken into custody on an arrest warrant on Nov. 3.
Police said the vehicles purchased by Williams with bad checks included:
• A 2007 Chrysler Sebring on Aug. 22, 2012, with a $13,987 check to MotorWorld in Wilkes-Barre. The Chrysler was returned by a family member with $4,363 in damage.
• A 2007 Ford Escape on Sept. 4, 2012, with a $11,654 check to Crossroad Motors in Hanover Township. A family member returned the Ford with $638 worth of damage.
• A 2012 Nissan Altima that Ken Pollick Nissan in Wilkes-Barre Township declined to sell to Williams on Oct. 25, 2012, due to his credit history. Williams presented a $20,332 check to Ken Pollick and was advised to return with cash or a cashier’s check. Williams failed to return to complete the sale.
• A 2011 Yamaha ATV at Two Jacks Cycle in Wilkes-Barre for a $7,400 check on Oct. 26. Police recovered the ATV from a residence in White Mills.
• A 1999 Ford for an $8,000 check to Roche’s Garage in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 1.
• A 2011 trailer from Albert Lohman East Coast Trailers in Honesdale for a $1,070 check on Nov. 2..
• A 2001 Chevrolet Silverado for a $7,653 check on Jan. 29 to Auto Buddies in Plains Township. Williams returned the vehicle when the business was closed.