Sterling police have arrested three Quad-City residents on burglary and forgery charges after they are accused of trying to pass counterfeit money at the city’s Wal-Mart.
Sterling Police Sgt. Steven Hubbard said that at 4:55 p.m. Saturday, police received a report of a man and woman passing counterfeit $20 bills at the Sterling Wal-Mart Super Center.
Jimmie D. Martin, 40, of Bettendorf, is charged with five counts of burglary and five counts of forgery.
Jeffery K. Morris, 46, of Davenport, is charged with four counts of burglary and four counts of forgery. He also is wanted in Rock Island County on a retail theft warrant, as well as a felony theft warrant from Scott County.
Vauncile M. Ruby, 46, of Davenport, is charged with four counts of burglary and four counts of forgery. She also is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and is wanted on a Rock Island County warrant for retail theft.
The three were taken to the Whiteside County Jail where they will be held until a judge sets bond during their first court appearance Monday.
Other area Wal-Mart stores were alerted to the counterfeit money and the two passing the bills, Hubbard said.
At 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Dixon police contacted Sterling Police saying the two people were at the Dixon Wal-Mart attempting to return items that allegedly were purchased at the Sterling Wal-Mart with the counterfeit money.
Hubbard said the trio is alleged to have passed fake $20 at other stores in Sterling and that the U.S. Secret Service has been made aware of the counterfeit money and the charges against the three.
Burglary is a Class 2 felony under Illinois law that carries a prison sentence of three to seven years. Forgery is a Class 3 felony that carries a prison sentence of two to five years.