According to Fort Oglethorpe Police Chief Steve Blevins, the police department received a call about 1 p.m. from management of the Radio Shack at 803 Battlefield Parkway, informing them that three shoppers had used a forged check to purchase $855 in electronic equipment.
“The call was in reference to suspects passing a forged or counterfeit check there in the name Carl West,” Blevins said. “The manager supplied a vehicle description and tag number the suspects left in.”
Blevins said Lt. Gary McConathy located the suspects’ van a short time later leaving the parking lot of Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse on Battlefield Parkway.
After confirming that the check passed at Radio Shack was a fake, the officer arrested Sherri Lynn Farr, of 135 North Three Notch Road outside Ringgold, Jerry Eugene Cline, of 1337 Old Dalton Ellijay Road in Chatsworth, Ga., and James E. Hurley, of 1604 Beachland Circle in Dalton, Ga.
Farr, who is believed to use the aliases Sherri Cline and Sherri Sneed, was charged with one count of first degree forgery, and a probation warrant in Whitfield County, Blevins said.
Cline, also known as Carl West, was charged with one count of first degree forgery, six counts of second degree forgery, one count of providing false information to a police officer, and one count of possession of an altered identification, the police chief said.
Hurley was charged with one count of first degree forgery, one count of providing false information to a police officer, and a probation warrant in Murray County.
Before they were apprehended, the trio also visited the
Wal-Mart Supercenter on Battlefield Parkway, obtaining about $1,200 in additional merchandise with a bogus check, Blevins said, adding that the merchandise, and additional fake checks were recovered from the suspects’ van.
Detectives Dave Scroggins and David Eubanks are continuing to investigate the case, he said