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Wanted NC man, woman arrested

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Karen Barnett (left) and Lazaro Perez. (Asheville Police Dept.) Karen Barnett (left) and Lazaro Perez. (Asheville Police Dept.)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Sylva police said a wanted woman who was passing bad checks and seen driving with a man who was wanted for violating probation have been arrested.

Asheville police said Karen Barnett, 54, of Marble, NC, used fraudulent checks to buy high-dollar items in the Asheville area for the last month.

Officers said Barnett had been seen with Lazaro Perez, who has two open warrants for felony probation violations. They were seen driving a white 1993 Cadillac Deville.

According to the incident reports, Barnett used personal checks from non-existent bank accounts with no funds to buy items, including several guitars and music equipment.

Police said Barnett then sold some of the purchased items to Asheville pawn stores. In one incident, investigators said Barnett sold the items less than 30 minutes after buying them with a bad check.

Sylva police said the both Barnett and Perez were taken into custody Thursday afternoon.

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