Police: Man buys cars with bad checks

LEWISTOWN – The Lewistown Police Department has charged one man with multiple counts of theft by deception after he purchased three vehicles with checks from a closed bank account, according to a report from police.

Police said on Jan. 31 Fred Lee Rickabaugh, 39, was identified by the manager from Family Auto on West Fourth Street, after it was reported that Rickabaugh had recently purchased the three vehicles with checks from a bank. According to the report, the manager stated he learned from the bank that the checks were from a closed bank account, meaning it has no funds. Police said the vehicles were valued over $5,000.

According to the report, on Feb. 2 police were able to locate one of the vehicles and the other two were subsequently returned to Family Auto.

Police said it was also discovered during the investigation that Rickabaugh had allegedly assaulted a female acquaintance on Jan. 29. According to the report, the female told police Rickabaugh had assaulted and threatened her while she was at a Valley Street residence.

According to the report, Lewistown Police, with assistance from Granville Police, arrested Rickabaugh and placed him in the Mifflin County Correction Facility, where he is being held on $70,000 bail. Police said he was charged with theft by deception, bad checks, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, and simple assault.