Three Minnesotans arrested and charged with forgery
Three Minnesota men have each been arrested and charged with forgery within the last 24 hours.
Ryan L. Chambers, 21, St. Paul, Michel D. Comer, 21, St. Paul, and Marteze M. Marshall, 21, Brooklyn Park, Minn., are all facing a felony forgery charge along with a misdemeanor possession of THC in Pierce County Circuit Court. Their initial court appearances have yet to be scheduled as of Friday afternoon.
The Pierce County Sheriff's Department was first notified of the incident around 10:19 p.m. last night (Thursday) when the three passed counterfeit $100 bills at The Woodshed Bar in the town of Trenton.
Lt. Dennis Sorenson explained that the suspects had left before law enforcement's arrival. Employees were able to give officers a suspect and vehicle description.
About a hour later, the vehicle was found in the vicinity of The Woodshed Bar. It was stopped and the three were then arrested.
Sorenson explained that preliminary investigation showed that the three males, accompanied by three females, came into the bar around 8 p.m. last night. Over the course of the evening, they had allegedly presented the bar with five $100 dollar bills for various purchases. One of the bartenders, Sorenson continues, became suspicious of the bills and upon checking the bills with a counterfeit detection marker, it was determined that all five bills were fraudulent. The bills were later found to have the same serial numbers.
Bar employees confronted one of the suspects, who denied the bills were counterfeit.
The Sheriff's Department was assisted by the Red Wing Police Department. Sorenson added The U.S. Secret Service Office in Madison has also been notified of the counterfeiting.