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Pa. man accused of writing more than $15,000 in bad checks

February 25, 2003|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said a Chambersburg man victimized nearly 20 area businesses in at least two counties over a period of months by writing bad checks.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Timothy Aaron Short, 36, of South Fourth Street, Chambersburg, and charges of theft by deception and writing bad checks already have been filed against him, Trooper Douglas Howell said.

During the last three months, the man issued numerous bad checks to more than a dozen businesses in Franklin and Cumberland counties to purchase mostly power tools and tool accessories for more than $15,000, Howell said.

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Howell said he believes there are additional victims and he encourages them to contact him at the Pennsylvania State Police barrack in Chambersburg at 717-264-5161.

"We're trying to get him into custody to stop the influx of victims. They are coming in droves from two counties," Howell said Monday.

Police said most victims sell tools and hardware such as snowblowers, chain saws, generators, air compressors and power tools.

Howell said it is possible there are more victims in the Hagerstown area, where the man is known to have pawned at least some of the items.

The checks ranged in amount from around $15 to $500, according to Howell.

In one instance the man opened a line of credit with a business to obtain two tractors totaling $8,400, Howell said

The man often would return to the same business twice in the same day, writing bad checks each time, he said.

Alleged victims include Big Lots, Napa Auto Parts, Fisher's Auto Parts, Wayne Avenue Sunoco, Franklin Hardware, Carter's Lumber, Chambersburg Beverage, Miller's Sunoco and Professional Uniforms, all in Chambersburg; Pague and Fegan Hardware in Shippensburg, Pa.; Stoneham's Lawn and Garden Sales in Waynesboro, Pa.; Always Connected and Mikie's Ice Cream and Green Cow Gift Shop, both in Greencastle, Pa.; Blue Mountain Small Engine Repair in Newburg, Pa.; and King's Jewelry and J & K Toys, both in Scotland, Pa.

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