Update: Wanted Man Surrenders to Local Police

SANATOGA PA – A Pottstown man wanted in late February (2020) by Lower Pottsgrove police on bad check charges involving a township-based financial institution was arrested March 10 after he turned himself in, the department reported on its CrimeWatch website.

Semaj B. Douglas-Garcia, 25, was scheduled to appear the same day before Magisterial District Justice Edward C. Kropp Sr. for a preliminary arraignment, court records show. A preliminary hearing was set for March 25, the court also indicated. In the interim, Douglas-Garcia was released on his own recognizance.

  • Read an earlier story published March 2 by The Post, below:

Warrant Issued for Pottstown Man on Bad Checks

SANATOGA PA – A 25-year-old Pottstown man is being sought for arrest by Lower Pottsgrove police on bad check charges and other offenses that allegedly occurred last summer, and cost Diamond Credit Union more than $1,500, the police department reported Friday (Feb. 28, 2020) on its CrimeWatch website.

Court records show Semaj B. Douglas-Garcia, whose home street address was not specified, is charged with theft by deception, issuing bad checks, and receiving stolen property. A warrant for his arrest was signed earlier last week by Magisterial District Justice Edward C. Kropp Sr.

Back on July 31 (2019), police said, Douglas-Garcia submitted a $1,200 deposit to the credit union as an Internet transaction. Such deposits “require that a physical check be mailed or presented to Diamond Credit Union within 10 days,” they added. However, they allege Douglas-Garcia “continued to use the account for cash app transfers to himself.” The credit union reversed the deposit Aug. 11 (2019), according to the web report, because a supporting check was never received.

As of Sept. 5, the total for transactions on Douglas-Garcia’s account reached $1,542.53, the report stated. “Various attempts to contact the subject were unsuccessful,” it added. Charges were filed Oct. 9 (2019).

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Douglas-Garcia, or who has information related to the case, is asked to call the department at 610-326-1508 or submit a tip anonymously on the website, here.

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