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 Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.