residents were arrested Monday on charges of forgery and theft after
Chesterton Police said that they passed counterfeit $100 bills at numerous
businesses along the Indian Boundary Road corridor.
Charged with felony
forgery and misdemeanor theft were Terrance Perkins, 25; Lemetrius C. Gross,
23; Christopher L. Jones, 23; and Rashaun D. McAtee, 24. All were
transported to Porter County Jail.
Police said that
the four succeeding in passing a phony $100 bill at the following
businesses: Dollar Tree, Dunkin Donuts, Walgreen’s, Lemon Tree Mediterranean
Grill, and Gelsosomo’s.
police, the investigation began at 5:43 p.m., when a Dollar Tree employee
reported that a man with blond dread locks and a black hoodie attempted to
pay for an item with a $100 bill. That bill wasn’t accepted, the employee
advised, at which time the suspect left and was seen walking in the
direction of Gelsosomo’s, police said.
A male subject
matching the description provided by the Dollar Tree employee was
subsequently located by an officer in the parking lot of Kentucky Fried
Chicken, after being observed walking across Indian Boundary Road from Lemon
Tree. That man, identified as Jones, had just bought a sandwich at Lemon
Tree but denied knowing anything about counterfeit bills, police said. When
asked to produce the bills in his wallet, Jones did so. Those bills included
two phony $100s and four genuine $20s, one $10, and four $1s, police said.
Also found in Jones’ pocket was a Lemon Tree receipt showing the purchase of
$6 item and total change of $94, police said.
Perkins, Gross, and
McAtee, meanwhile, were located in a vehicle parked in the KFC lot, police
said. Inside the vehicle were multiple Dunkin Donuts cups, a bag containing
food from Gelsosomo’s, and receipts from other businesses, police said.
Police said that
the officers were able to confirm that the four did in fact pass counterfeit
bills at Dunkin Donuts, Walgreen’s, Lemon Tree, Gelsosomo’s, as well as at
Dollar Tree, where one employee refused to accept a phony $100 from Jones
but another employee did accept one from McAtee.
money had no strip in the bill and “didn’t feel like genuine currency” and
in addition all of the bills had the same serial number, police said.