On June 5, police deputies in Sonoma, California, arrested 51-year-old antiques dealer Dwayne Robert Kershner. According to authorities, Kershner had been operating an antiques consignment shop named Front Door Antiques at 201 W. Napa Street in the Sonoma Marketplace shopping center. The business suddenly closed up shop at the end of May, and several people contacted the Sonoma Police Department to report that they were never paid for their items or they were paid with bogus checks.
Numerous antique items were discovered at Kershner’s residence and in two of his storage units. The remaining property is under review by the Sonoma Police Department pending further investigation.
Kershner was arrested for passing bad checks, fiduciary elder abuse, financial fraud, and, upon his arrest, for resisting arrest and possession of methamphetamine. He was booked at the Sonoma County Jail.
If you have information related to this case or if you are potentially a victim, please contact Deputy Kelly Burris and/or Detective Tony King at the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes Division at (707) 565-2185.
Originally published in the July 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest