The Dalton Police Department is investigating three incidents of fraud involving counterfeit traveler’s checks that were passed at stores in Walnut Square Mall on February 23rd. In all three incidents, a black female and a black male paid for small items with traveler’s checks for $100, and then left with the change in cash.
The incidents happened between 7:45 and 8:00 pm Wednesday night at Bath and Body Works, Books-A-Million, and The Children’s Store. In each case, the suspects presented a traveler’s check with the same number, 157 2139 159 175, issued from Interpayment Services Ltd. which is listed as payable in New York City. Investigators believe that this may not be a real institution. The names on the checks were Jessica Cruse and Ernie Davidson, which investigators do not believe are the suspects’ real names.
The female suspect is described as being in her mid-to-upper 30’s with black hair and an unknown tattoo on her chest, wearing glasses. The male is described as being in his late 20’s or early 30’s, wearing a black shirt and a white hat, approximately 5’10 tall and weighing approximately 250 pounds. The male suspect was captured on surveillance at the Books-A-Million store, and that image is included below.
If you have any information on these incidents or the identity of these suspects, please contact Detective Ricky Long with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, extension 168. If you think a traveler’s check may be counterfeit, you can hold it up to the light and genuine traveler’s checks should have a water mark in them. The counterfeits passed at Walnut Square Mall did not.
Below: The male suspect is pictured at left, wearing a dark shirt and white hat (click image for a larger version)