An Independence man has been arrested in connection with a string of reports of using counterfeit bills at several Sedalia businesses.
According to a Sedalia Police Department news release, Raymond Titus, 47, of Independence, was arrested Monday night in Warrensburg after being identified as a suspect by SPD officers.
From Friday through Monday, several reports were taken from local businesses within Sedalia where counterfeit $20 bills were being used to make purchases. According to SPD reports, the businesses that provided a suspect description each described a similar suspect — a well-dressed tall, white male in his 40s or 50s with darker complexion and dark hair.
At 5 p.m. Friday, Art Impressions Gallery, 412 S. Ohio Ave., reported a man purchased items with counterfeit money.
At 12:31 p.m. Saturday, Salvation Army, 601 S. Ohio Ave., reported a suspect purchased items with counterfeit money Friday. The manager said they were informed by the bank two $20 bills were counterfeit. Later that day, at 9:05 p.m. GameStop, 3400 W. Broadway Blvd. Suite F, reported a counterfeit $20 bill had been used.
At 1:14 p.m. Sunday, Sally’s Beauty Supply, 3400 W. Broadway Blvd. Suite E, reported counterfeit $20 bills were used. An employee reported a man, who entered the business with a black female, purchased $48 worth of items with three $20 bills. When the business checked the money it was discovered to be counterfeit. The suspect reportedly drove away in a light-blue newer-model Volkswagen bug.
At 10:31 a.m. Monday, an employee from Cricket Wireless, 3040 W. Broadway Blvd., reported a customer wanted a refund for a counterfeit $20 bill his wife received from the business. An officer made contact with the employee who said they refunded the customer and collected the counterfeit bill. The employee was not sure when the business received the bill.
Later that day, at 12:57 p.m., a man reportedly tried to pay for a grill with a counterfeit bill at Menards, 4400 Wisconsin Ave. An officer made contact with a witness to the incident who said when she told the suspect the bill was counterfeit, it angered him. The suspect then grabbed the bill and left the store. Another witness said the suspect was driving a newer-model Volkswagen bug, possibly light gray or blue.
The suspect and vehicle descriptions were given to SPD officers as well as other agencies. Officers developed leads and were able to identify the suspect as Titus.
According to online court documents, Titus has been formally charged in Pettis County with three counts of forgery and was issued a $25,000 bond, cash or surety. He has also been charged in Johnson County with one count of forgery and was issued a $10,000 bond, cash only.
An arraignment has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Johnson County Justice Center.
Anyone with further information regarding the use of counterfeit bills in Sedalia is encouraged to contact SPD at 660-826-8100.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.