Thursday, September 4, 2008
Suspects arrested after chase
By SUE WATSON
Four people were arrested after a chase originating at Wal-Mart in Holly Springs over the weekend, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
A security guard at Wal-Mart pursued the four suspects as they were leaving the business’ parking lot after allegedly attempting to pass counterfeited payroll checks, he said.
While trailing the suspects on Highway 78 East, the security guard notified the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and deputies joined the chase. It ended in Hickory Flat with the arrest of four suspects and the recovery of a check writer, check printer, and numerous forged payroll-style checks, Dickerson. Also assisting in the arrest were deputies from Benton County Sheriff's Department and an officer with the U.S. Forestry Service, he said.
The suspects are Romario Shawn Martin, 29, of 168 Temple Street, Memphis, Tenn.; Altonious M. Stewart, 33, of 6395 Parkway East, Memphis; Derwin D. Kerr, 20, of 2367 North Orchard, Memphis; and Teresa Ann Cotton, 35, of 1440 Western Park, Memphis.
The four were booked on charges of uttering forgery and are being held in the Marshall County jail, Dickerson said.
In a separate incident involving the theft of a trailer and lawn mower from the Cordova, Tenn. area, Dickerson said Andrew Lee Jones, 42, of 3545 Robert Chapel Road in Holly Springs, was arrested August 27 at a residence at 1321 Mt. Zion Road on a warrant issued by Shelby County Sheriff's Department.
Jones was charged with grand larceny in the incident and will be extradited to Shelby County to face charges. The trailer with lawnmower inside were recovered by deputies with the sheriff's department.
Dickerson said the Mississippi Department of Corrections has a detainer on Jones to be returned to Marshall County to face charges of probation violation here.
Jones may be charged with one or more other thefts in Marshall County if the investigative facts gathered bear out charges, Dickerson said. If Jones is charged with thefts of properties in Marshall County, Jones’ case will go before the Marshall County Grand Jury, he said.
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