Three Quad-Cities residents were arrested in Sterling on Saturday night after authorities say they passed counterfeit bills in the city's Wal-Mart.
According to a news release, Sterling police received a report at 4:55 p.m. of a man and a woman passing counterfeit $20 bills at the Sterling Wal-Mart Supercenter. Other area Wal-Marts were notified.
About 5:15 p.m., Dixon Wal-Mart employees contacted the Dixon Police Department to report that two people matching the earlier description were attempting to return items at their store.
Jimmie D. Martin, 40, of Bettendorf, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and forgery.
Jeffery K. Morris, 46, of Davenport, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and forgery. According to the release, Mr. Morris is also wanted on a warrant in Rock Island County for retail theft and in Scott County on a warrant for felony theft.
Vauncile M. Ruby, 46, of Davenport, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and forgery and of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the release, Ms. Ruby also is wanted in Rock Island County on a warrant for retail theft.
The Sterling Police Department did not provide street addresses for those who were arrested.
The suspects were being held in the Whiteside County Jail on Sunday night. Their first court appearance is at 1 p.m. today.
Sterling police notified the Secret Service of the counterfeit bills.
Today is Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Merry sleigh bells jingle in our streets in the wake of a driving northwest storm of snow and rain. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Thomas Campbell was elected commander of John Buford Post 243, Grand Army of the Republic. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Thomas B. Reidy was named consul of C.W. Hawes Camp No. 1550, and L.H. Eihl was named consul of Camp 29, Modern Woodmen of America. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island aldermen last night upheld the view of a petition signed by 150 businessmen that the city should not install parking meters. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Total volume during the Christmas mailing season may reach 12 million pieces in Rock Island, according to Rock Island Postmaster Carl J.L. Wessel. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The aromas filling the air at the Rock Island Lines depot in Rock Island soon will be prime rib and roast duck rather than sawdust and plaster. A tourist train will be offering dinner excursions in mid-February or early March, according to Dan Carmody, executive director of the Development Association of Rock Island.