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Man Wrote Bad Checks for Nearly $160,000 In Watches

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IOWA CITY. IOWA - An Iowa City jewelers store was one of four victims in a California man's scheme to buy expensive watches with bad checks.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, on March 22, 41-year-old Noah A. Lookofsky ordered a watch from Ginsberg Jewelers and sent the business a check for $39,825. Police said the check bounced due to insufficient funds and a review of Lookofsky's bank records show he did not have the money to pay for the watch either before or after he wrote the check. Police said Lookofsky acknowledged owing the jewelry store money, but never sent a check or returned the watch.

Police said Lookofsky successfully obtained three other watches in this manner from jewelers in other states. The four watches were valued at $157,825.

Lookofsky now faces charges of first-degree theft, a Class C felony; and ongoing criminal conduct, a Class B felony.

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