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 Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.