Woman Uses Bad Checks To Steal Rare Coins And Jewelry

Woman Uses Bad Checks To Steal Rare Coins And Jewelry

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PENSACOLA, Florida -

Multiple police agencies from four counties and two states are looking a for a woman they say writes checks on closed bank accounts to steal gold, jewelry and rare coins from local flea markets and antique stores.

Tia Smith- who was last known to have an address in Escambia County, Florida, allegedly wrote a 600 dollar check on the closed account and stole coins and gold jewelry from Jennifer's Flea Market on Gulf Beach Highway near Pensacola.

Smith told the cashier she was a doctor. Smith is not a doctor, but a fugitive wanted by police in both Alabama and Florida.

Smith is accused of writing bad checks at stores from Foley to Okaloosa County, Florida, to steal valuables then re-sell them at area pawn shops.

Police say Smith's two children and her boyfriend, 36-year old Michael Garay, often accompany her when she rips off store owners.

Warrants are out for both Smith and Garay.

Call the Escambia County, Florida, Sheriff's Office if you have any information about the crimes.  

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