Passing bad checks is a serious problem in Pima County. The impact is devastating.
Marana police said one individual ripped off over a dozen businesses for $40,000.
Business owner Abbott Taylor said the suspect “knew in advance that he was swindling us out of $2,000 worth of valuable inventory.”
Taylor is the owner of one of the 14 businesses Marana police say Ed Vick ripped off. Taylor said Vick was looking for a gold necklace and s gold bracelet.
Vick showed his veteran's card as identification when he paid with a check.
“You have to handle that with respect," said Taylor. "I mean, he fought for us. I have to take him at his word.”
What Vick failed to mention, according to Det. Michael Torres, “he was writing checks for high-end jewelry and high-end items on a closed bank account that he once had.”
Torres said Vick even hit some of the businesses, who have several locations, multiple times.
After he left the businesses, “He would go to the pawn stores and get anywhere from 20 percent to 10 percent on the dollar."
Marana police said they narrowed Vick’s criminal activity to a month's time. During that time, investigators said he stole nearly $40,000 worth of merchandise.
Torres said Vick is working at a good paying job, has military benefits, no criminal history and no drug involvement.
The good news, Marana police was able to get all of the property back for the businesses.
“The items are coming back and they can resell them to legitimate buyers,” said Torres.
Taylor said he was pleased to hear that.
“I have nothing but good things to say about Marana police," said Taylor. "They were efficient, courteous [and] they were helpful”
Detectives believe there may be other victims.
If you have information you are urged call 88-CRIME or 911.
Ed Vick was indicted on several counts of theft, fraud, and trafficking in stolen property.
The Pima County Attorney’s office has a bad check program, where businesses can go online to report theft.
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