A Belleville man purchased more than $1,300 worth of jewelry and silverware from Classic Antiques with a bad check, Garwood Police said.
Michael A. Williams went into
Classic Antiques on Oct. 2 and purchased the goods with a personal check, police said. After making the purchase, the
store owner became suspicious of the transaction, contacted the bank, and learned the check was issued on a closed account, according to police.
The store owners
contacted police headquarters and the Belleville man was identified during the investigation. Two
criminal complaints for theft by deception and issuing bad checks were signed
against Williams and bail was set at $30,000.
Williams was arrested by
the Newark Police Department for an unrelated incident and was served with
the complaints while housed at the Essex County Jail.
According to police, Williams also victimized
several other merchants throughout the state. He is currently being held at
Essex County Jail.