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District Court, Kandiyohi County, Oct. 28

Jeremy Dean Riemersma, 29, of Willmar, made his first appearance Thursday on a felony charge of issuing a dishonored check for allegedly writing more than $1,500 in bad checks to Sears.

He was released on his personal recognizance and ordered to be excluded from Sears and Runnings Farm Fleet in Willmar. His next appearance is Monday.

According to the complaint, a Willmar police detective was called on Aug. 11 to Sears to investigate two checks written to the store for $1,513.61 by Riemersma. The person making the complaint was informed of the requirement to send notices of dishonor and demand for payment of worthless check. On Aug. 20, police were informed that Riemersma had not made the necessary payment within five days.

The detective used Department of Vehicle Services information, Riemersma's driver's license photo and signature, to identify him. His driver's license number had been written on both checks.

When the detective contacted Riemersma on the phone, he claimed to have not received the notices because the store didn't have his correct address.

A Sears employee told the detective he recalled taking two checks from Riemersma on July 28, the first for $425.73 and another for $1,087.88 in tools. The man said he helped Riemersma load the goods into his vehicle.

On Sept. 15, the detective received information from Riemersma's bank, which showed his account was $25.43 overdrawn on July 28. Between July 17 and Aug. 4, there were more than $7,000 of insufficient-funds checks written on the account, which was continuously overdrawn.

An affidavit of restitution filed Oct. 21 claims a loss of $1,592.85, for the worthless checks, check fees and postage costs for the notices sent to Riemersma.