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Smooth talking catches up to Smooth Styles Jr.

Updated: November 10, 2012 6:14AM



HOBART — His smooth talking bought him a new car, but his depleted bank account could cost Smooth Styles Jr. his freedom.

Styles, 44, of Schererville, is charged with check deception and attempted check deception after he allegedly paid for a Honda Accord and Toyota Landcruiser with phony checks.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Styles, whose wife, Katherine Sargent, reported him missing to the Flossmoor, Ill., Police Department, the probable cause affidavit states. Styles changed his name from David Sargent several years ago, police said.

While Katherine Sargent was making the report, Flossmoor police seized the black 2013 Honda Accord Styles allegedly purchased Sept. 20 when he wrote checks from a savings account with USA Federal Savings Bank in San Antonio.

Team Honda in Hobart reported the car stolen when Styles’ checks were returned because of insufficient funds.

A week after leaving Team Honda with the new Accord, Styles allegedly wrote a check for almost $90,000 for a black 2013 Toyota Landcruiser at Toyota of Merrillville, the probable cause affidavit states.

The finance manager had concerns about Styles’ ability to pay for the truck and said he would not release it until the check cleared.

“Smooth became irritated and told him he would take his business somewhere else,” the affidavit states.

Hobart Detective James Gonzales obtained checks written to both businesses and spoke to Styles, who claimed he thought enough money would be in his account to cover his purchases.

He had told one car dealer that $20,000 is deposited in his account monthly. However, Sargeant said he received about $600 monthly from the military for his disability.



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