Man suspected of writing bad checks

BOARDMAN — Police arrested a man Friday in connection with passing bad checks at two Boardman jewelry stores, and now are on the lookout for a second person who apparently committed the same type of crime.

Robert S. Marino of Catawba Drive was arrested Friday on suspicion of writing more than $3,000 in bad checks to two jewelry stores in late May and early June.

Marino, police reports say, passed checks of $427, $1,701.25 and $507.06 to Tele-Gold Jewelers Inc., 8051 Market St. No. 3-4, and a $639.43 check to Direct Jewelry Outlet, 1235 Boardman-Canfield Road.

Marino faces three felony counts and one misdemeanor count, based on the amount of the checks. Mahoning County Court records show that Marino has a history of passing bad checks.

Police now are searching for a Canfield woman said to have passed bad checks in both Boardman and Canfield, according to a police report.

The woman tried to pass a $236.97 check at Fancy Nails, 1295 Boardman-Canfield Road, but apparently escaped through a back door while an officer checked out her name, according to a police report.

The woman faces a felony charge of forgery and misdemeanor charges for passing bad checks, obstructing official business and theft.

Canfield police have “had several issues” with the woman and her daughters for both passing bad checks and using stolen credit cards, the report noted.