He ‘checked in’ to county jail


A Brooklyn man who apparently came all the way to Kearny just to cash a check has taken up residence in the town. At least temporarily. His new address is the Hudson County Jail.

According to police, the suspect had tried to cash a check for $4,137 at the Chase Bank, Kearny and Johnston Aves., at about 11:30 a.m. last Thursday, March 12. Because there was no name on the check, he was turned away.

He returned at 4:30 p.m. with the same cashier’s check, which this time reportedly bore the name “David Abel.” Suspicious bank personnel, believing the check to be fraudulent, alerted the KPD, and Officers Richard Pawlowski and Dave Rakowski responded, Chief John Dowie said.

Asked for identification, the man allegedly presented a New York driver’s license in Abel’s name. However, when he was asked to spell the name, he could not, police said. Additionally, when asked to confirm his address, he could name the street but not the house number, police said. The license, they said, was determined to be fake.

A search incident to arrest produced other ID, which revealed him to be Thomas Des-Angus, 33, of Brooklyn. It also reportedly produced a New York identification card bearing a woman’s name.

Des-Angus was charged with: criminal attempted theft, identity theft, forgery, fraudulent checks, a false government document, and hindering apprehension.

He was remanded to the county jail on $20,000 bail, with no 10% option.

– Karen Zautyk 

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