Joe Ford Charged With Stealing Rolex Watches Via Bounced Check

Former county commissioner Joe Ford, who last year served as interim Shelby County mayor, has been charged with theft of property under $10,000 for allegedly bouncing a check written to pay for two Rolex watches, reports the Commercial Appeal.
Ford, 57, is named in a warrant posted on the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office website that lists the charge as theft of property over $1,000 and under $10,000.
He surrendered to authorities shortly after 4:30 Tuesday afternoon at 201 Poplar. He was booked and released Tuesday night.
According to a police incident report, Ford bought a man’s black Rolex and a woman’s white gold Rolex from the Las Savell jewelry store on Dec. 24 and paid with a check for $5,835.31 that later was returned twice for insufficient funds.
Ford asked that the check “not be cashed” until Jan. 1, when he could afford the purchase, the police report says. The check was unsuccessfully processed Jan. 18 and again on Jan. 21.
The jewelry store made numerous attempts to have Ford cover the payment, but he did not follow up on his promises to pay for the watches, the report said.
The charge is a felony that carries punishment of two to 12 years.
Efforts to reach Ford by phone Tuesday were unsuccessful.

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