A McMinnville man has been charged with using fake credit cards in an effort to purchase real items, Smithville officials say.
Anthony Marquall Love, 25, has been charged with two counts of criminal simulation and theft over $ 10,000. Rodney Ray Lee Sheridan Jr., 19, and Raymond Anton Walker, 18, both of Columbus, OH, were also arrested and face identical charges.
Smithville Police Chief Mark Collins stated, “On Saturday, August 20, at approximately 7:50 pm, the Smithville Police Department received a call from a Smithville Walmart Asset Protection employee who stated that two male subjects had just attempted to obtain merchandise with a fake credit card. The employee stated that the subjects had left in a dark colored Dodge Charger, possibly with Georgia tags. “
After leaving Walmart, police say the subjects attempted the same scheme at the Dollar General Store.
Collins continued, “A patrol sergeant with Smithville Police was contacted to be on the lookout for a vehicle matching the description given by the Walmart employee, and approximately 13 minutes later a patrol contacted a Smithville Police Department investigator and stated that they had spotted the vehicle at the Dollar General Store in Smithville, next to Sav-A-Lot. “
The vehicle was eventually stopped and searched.
“A search was conducted of the suspects’ persons, as well as the vehicle, which revealed several credit cards. Two of the cards were later identified by the cashiers as being the cards that the subjects had allegedly attempted to use, ”said Collins.
Also found in the vehicle was a stack of, what was later found to be, 132 checks from different account holders in the state of Kentucky, all written out to various businesses and individuals.
The subjects were detained from the traffic stop and transported to the Smithville Police Department for further investigation. After statements were taken from cashiers at both Walmart and Dollar General, and surveillance footage was gathered and reviewed, the suspects were placed under arrest.
The three men may be facing Federal charges pending an investigation of the stolen checks. Through investigation it was determined that the checks found in the car were stolen from post office boxes out of state, and may stem from an armed robbery of a postal employee.
Love, Walker and Sheridan had bonds set at $ 200,000.
Smithville Review contributed to the article.