HOBART | A 44-year-old Chicago man is accused of writing bogus checks totaling more than $100,000 to buy or attempt to buy new cars from Hobart dealerships, police said.
Smooth D. Styles Jr. was charged with check deception and attempted check deception Thursday through Lake Superior Court.
The manager at Team Honda called police on Sept. 20.
The manager said a man he identified as Styles had written two checks to buy a 2013 Honda Accord, court documents state. He was identified by his state ID card.
The checks, totaling $29,151, were returned back to the dealership's bank marked insufficient funds, court documents state.
A manager at Toyota of Merrillville, across the street from Team Honda, told police a customer named Styles had written a check to the dealership for $89,433 to buy a 2013 Toyota Landcruiser.
That check didn't clear and Styles was told he'd have to wait until it did to take home the new Toyota, court documents state.