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Man facing larceny charge

Anthony Popielarz

Anthony Popielarz

A man who was charged in February with stealing a credit card out of someone’s car last December, has been arrested again—this time for stealing blank checks.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, Officer Mandy Stahl took a complaint on October 22 that a book of blank checks had been stolen from a local business office, which resulted in some of them being forged and cashed at local banks.

Police arrested Anthony David Popielarz, on Friday, November 8, for the crime.

Popielarz reportedly had friends or acquaintances who cashed the checks in their own name instead of his. Reasons they gave for doing that was that he didn’t have identification and didn’t have a bank account of his own.

“Fortunately, the prosecutor decided that it appears they were in fact naive in their actions and did not charge those who assisted Anthony,” said Chief Parent.

Popielarz is facing felony charges of Larceny in a Building and Uttering and Publishing. The Prosecutor’s Office added “Habitual Offender—Third Offence Notice.” Bond was set at $10,000.00 cash/surety and he was arraigned Tuesday, November 12, on the most recent charges.

His Probation Officer also added a Probation Violation Detainer. Popielarz was on probation through the 17th Circuit Court for felony charges in December, 2012. Those charges stemmed from the theft and use of another’s credit card. He is now in the Kent County Jail and serving his sentence for the probation violation.

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