By MIKE HUGHES
Times Leader Staff Writer
BELLAIRE Bellaire police, originally called to Cashland on Monday because of suspicious activity from one of its customers, arrested 41-year-old Richard Calvin Matthews of Bellaire on a total of 12 outstanding warrants.
Matthews had seven warrants outstanding combined from Belmont County's Northern and Eastern Division Courts, along with five from Western Division Courts.
The majority of the warrants were from passing bad checks charges, some stemming from as far back as 2007.
Police were notified after Cashland management became suspicious after Matthews, during a 10-day period, had came in to pawn a total of 19 expensive power tools.
"I've been in contact with the Mingo Junction Police Department about the possibility of some or all of that stuff (Matthews pawned) coming from a theft up there," Bellaire Police Chief Mike Kovalyk said. "He is originally from Mingo Junction and has been going back and forth between there and Bellaire."
Cashland management noted that company policy forbade them from making any official comments.
Although it was admitted that after viewing Matthews coming to the premises multiple times to pawn off high-value items, Monday was the day the call was made because of his activity.
Kovalyk noted that while no charges were filed because of Matthews activity, depending on the Mingo Junction police's theft investigations, they may depending on what items Matthews sold to Cashland.
Hughes may be reached at mhughes@timesleader online.com