Palmyra man accused of writing bad checks arrested at his home

Rex Allen Call Jr.
Rex Allen Call Jr.
Posted July 24, 2013, at 4:37 p.m.
Cheryl Lynn Charles
Cheryl Lynn Charles

PALMYRA, Maine — A local man was behind bars on Wednesday after police arrested him on several warrants stemming from several bad checks written to businesses in Somerset County.

Rex Allen Call Jr., 28, was arrested in his Wyman Road residence on Wednesday at 7 a.m. after deputies from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant, according to Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi II.

The arrest went without incident, said Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster in an email. There were children in the home. They were turned over to their grandparents, he said.

The search warrant was used “due to bad checks that he allegedly has written at businesses throughout the county,” Gottardi said in an email on Wednesday. “He was arrested and we did seize some personal type checks and receipts, which will assist in the investigation.”

Neither Gottardi nor Lancaster indicated how much money the bad checks amounted to or how many businesses were affected.

Call had warrants for his arrest for a probation violation as well as six counts of negotiating a worthless instrument.

“[We believe] that Rex Call Jr. has passed numerous insufficient fund checks in the Hartland-Pittsfield area as well as Penobscot County,” Lancaster wrote in an email. “If any business has cashed or received a check from Call Jr., please contact the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department, Staff Sergeant Mike Knight, 474-9591, ext. 2034.”

Call’s live-in girlfriend, Cheryl Lynn Charles, 32, was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for unpaid fines and fees out of Penobscot County, Gottardi said.

Both were taken to Somerset County Jail in Madison. Call is being held without bail, while Charles has her bail set at $480. Both were still in custody on Wednesday afternoon.

Call is no stranger to police, according to BDN reports.

He was charged earlier this year for theft by deception and forgery and was ordered to serve 30 days in jail. He was also ordered to serve 90 days in jail in 2007 for unlawful possession of a scheduled drug and failing to appear after bailed.

He was fined for operating after habitual offender license revocation in 2010 and driving to endanger in 2005.

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