Three Quad-Cities residents were arrested in Sterling on Saturday night after authorities say they passed counterfeit bills in the city's Wal-Mart.
According to a news release, Sterling police received a report at 4:55 p.m. of a man and a woman passing counterfeit $20 bills at the Sterling Wal-Mart Supercenter. Other area Wal-Marts were notified.
About 5:15 p.m., Dixon Wal-Mart employees contacted the Dixon Police Department to report that two people matching the earlier description were attempting to return items at their store.
Jimmie D. Martin, 40, of Bettendorf, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and forgery.
Jeffery K. Morris, 46, of Davenport, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and forgery. According to the release, Mr. Morris is also wanted on a warrant in Rock Island County for retail theft and in Scott County on a warrant for felony theft.
Vauncile M. Ruby, 46, of Davenport, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and forgery and of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the release, Ms. Ruby also is wanted in Rock Island County on a warrant for retail theft.
The Sterling Police Department did not provide street addresses for those who were arrested.
The suspects were being held in the Whiteside County Jail on Sunday night. Their first court appearance is at 1 p.m. today.
Sterling police notified the Secret Service of the counterfeit bills.
Today is Thursday, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2013. There are 19 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Two boys who haul coal from Coal Valley to Davenport were arrested yesterday for running their teams through the city street at a furious rate. 1888 -- 125 years ago: E.H. Barker dislocated his left wrist and suffered a compound fracture of the right wrist when he fell from the roof of his icehouse. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Lou Harris was elected county superintendent of schools to fill the unexpired term of the late S.J. Ferguson. 1938 -- 75 years ago: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a state must give equality in educational privileges to white and Negro law students. 1963 -- 50 years ago: About 300 employees of the Augustana Book Concern, staff members of the Board of Publication of the Lutheran Church in America, as well as friends of the community and out-of-town guests honored Dr. Birger Swenson at the annual Christmas dinner of the Augustana Book Concern last night in Westerlin Hall on the Augustana College campus. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The Christmas shopping season began early this year and continues to bring out shoppers in record numbers, according to Quad-Cities retailers interviewed today.