Two arrested in Lowell after bank tellers receive fraudulent check


Employees at the Mercantile Bank denied the transaction - the check just wasn't right.

But they had obtained identification and a finger print from the guy who presented the check. So they called police.

Several hours later, officers with the Lowell Police Department arrested Arthur Smith, 45, of Grand Rapids and Jesse Edwards, 31, of Atlanta, Georgia, on charges related to check fraud.

Smith was charged with possession of a financial transaction device. His bond was set at $5,000.

Edwards was charged with fleeing and eluding police, and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. His bond was set at $10,000.

Detectives said bank employees, after denying the check transaction, watched the man leave the building, cross the street and climb into a silver Dodge pick-up truck with Florida plates. The bank employees had been aware of an earlier attempt to present bad checks at a bank in Grand Rapids.

Lowell officers were able to stop the Dodge soon after the incident at the bank, but as the officers approached the vehicle, it sped away. Police pursued for a while, but stopped after the truck entered the city of Belding.

A few hours later, the two men were arrested just north of the city of Lowell.

Anyone with any information on the passing of back checks in Ionia and Kent counties is encouraged to call the Lowell Police Department at 616-897-7123.

Lowell police were assisted by the sheriff's offices in Ionia and Kent counties.


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