MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Pay up or lock up. Those were the two options presented to people accused of writing worthless checks.
Marshall County law enforcement started work early Wednesday shortly after midnight to prepare for their annual worthless check roundup. Officers began to make arrests at 4:00 a.m.
“We’re going to go to your residence, we’re going to go to your place of employment, we’re going to go wherever we can find you and place you under arrest and bring you in,” Marshall County investigator David Chandler said.
“You’ll be placed in Marshall County jail until your fine or your check or whatever is paid.”
By 11 a.m., they had already served 45 arrest warrants. The District Attorney’s office said some owed thousands of dollars, while others failed to pay much smaller amounts, but Chandler said any bad check is a serious crime.
“That’s a lot of money to that store,” Chandler said.
“You might think a couple hundred is not much money, but a couple hundred dollars is a lot of profit for them over a period of time,” said Chandler. That’s a lot of items they have to sell to make that couple hundred dollars to make up for it.”
Assistant District Attorney Chris Abel said deputies and police officers served 55 warrants during Tuesday’s roundup. They cleared about $179,000 since the beginning of February, when the county waived court costs for payments made during amnesty month.