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St. David man arrested for allegedly buying snowmobile, ATV with worthless $25,000 check

FORT KENT, Maine — Fort Kent police arrested a St. David man who allegedly wrote a worthless $25,000 check to purchase a snowmobile, ATV and accessories at Fort Kent Powersports. 

Police arrested David Souza, 54, on one count of negotiating a worthless instrument with an aggregate value of more than $10,000, a Class B felony. 

Souza allegedly attempted to purchase items from Roger’s Sport Center in Fort Kent on Sept. 8, after the purchase at Fort Kent Powersports. 

Roger’s employees became suspicious of Souza’s behavior and contacted police who arrested Souza there. 

Souza, who recently moved to some land he purchased in St. David, was last known to live in Massachusetts and has an extensive criminal history, according to Interim Fort Kent Police Chief Cole Pelletier.

Multiple Aroostook County police agencies are investigating whether Souza may have written more bad checks from Fort Kent to Houlton during the week of Sept. 8.

Souza was living on the St. David parcel in a camper he purchased from Houlton Powersports, also by check. 

Souza also allegedly purchased a pick-up truck from Pelletier Motors with a check in the amount of nearly $60,000. 

All of the large items Souza purchased by check have since been returned to the Aroostook County businesses. 

Pelletier transported Souza to Aroostook County Jail where he is being held in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. 

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