Police arrested a man at a Raleigh hotel Tuesday night on charges of kiting checks at two Triangle car dealerships and driving off in the largest SUV's that Ford and Chevrolet make.
Arrest warrants also accused Anthony Wyoming Bazemore, 28, of 102 Switchback St. in Knightdale of using a church’s information to set up a Verizon cell phone account and get a $2,600 Apple iPhone 6S.
Raleigh police charged Bazemore in April with having gone into Capital Ford on Feb. 3, negotiated to buy a 2016 Ford Expedition for $67,000 and written a check on a bank in Fort Sill, Okla.
The check bounced.
Capital Ford found the car and repossessed it, but not until it had 4,700 miles on it, police said.
Fuquay-Varina police swore out an arrest warrant on March 21 that said Bazemore had gone into the John Hiester Chevrolet dealership there 11 days earlier, arranged to buy a 2016 Chevrolet Suburban for $75,106.84 and written a rubber check on the same Oklahoma bank.
At Hiester, police said, Bazemore told a tale of being heir to an estate and having the money to buy the Suburban. The dealership recovered that car in Knightdale, a spokeswoman said.
Wake Forest police got an arrest warrant Sept. 8 that charged Bazemore had set up the Verizon account by using information from Thomas Road Baptist Church, a megachurch in Lynchburg, Va.
When he was arrested about 8:30 p.m. at a Hampton Inn & Suites near Crabtree Valley Mall, police also charged Bazemore with being a fugitive from Virginia, where he is wanted for not appearing in court on a charge about writing a check that bounced.
The Raleigh, Fuquay-Varina and Wake Forest charges are three counts of obtaining property by false pretense, two felony counts of writing a worthless check and one count of felony conspiracy.
The conspiracy charge involves 34-year-old Shanta Marquita Barrow, who is listed as living at the same Knightdale address as Bazemore. Knightdale police arrested her on a conspiracy charge in the Hiester case on March 25.
Bazemore was also being held on seven 2014 grand jury indictments from outside Wake County for not appearing in court when he was supposed to and a 2015 charge of writing a check on a closed account.
His total bail on all the charges was set at $152,000.
Bazemore has a record of convictions for similar crimes in North Carolina going back to 2007, when he was convicted in Bertie County of writing a bad check. He has numerous felony convictions in Bertie, Hertford and Pitt counties.
The most recent was in 2009 in Hertford County for three counts of obtaining property by false pretense. A judge put him on probation, but state officials revoked that a few months later. He was released from prison in 2011.