EAST MOLINE - Police in East Moline have arrested four people who allegedly used counterfeit credit cards at a local Walgreens.
Jerame Moore, 26 of Chicago; Mercedes Brown, 22 of Calumet City; Shaun Smith, 33 of Atlanta, Ga., and Felicia Jackson, 26 of Chicago, were each charged with possession of a counterfeit credit card and theft. They are being held on a bond of $75,000 each at the Rock Island County Jail.
On Tuesday, Walgreens workers in East Moline reported the group had tried to use counterfeit credit cards to buy Visa gift cards, police said. Officers from the East Moline Police Department stopped the four people in a car as they were leaving the store.
Around 65 counterfeit credit cards reportedly were found in their possession. Police said stolen credit card numbers had been encoded on the fraudulently manufactured Rush Card Live and Green Dot credit cards.
The counterfeit cards were being used to buy valid Visa gift cards which the group planned to sell on the streets in Chicago, according to a news release from East Moline police.
Police said an investigation is continuing to identify possible victims of financial identity theft linked to the scheme.
Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural. 1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m.. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.