Two Chicago men were arrested here and police caught up with their teen companion later in a stolen car in Illinois after Walmart cashiers complained they spent counterfeit cash Thursday night.
At approximately 9:44 p.m. May 19 Portage Deptartment of Public Safety received a report of the four men using counterfeit $10 and $20 bills to buy electronics at the Walmart at 8350 Shaver Rd, Sgt. Craig Begeman said.
When police arrived all four fled southbound on Shaver Road in a silver Chevrolet passenger car. The officer lost sight of the car but spotted three of the suspects walking next to a business in the 1800 block of Vanderbilt.
Two of the men, 27 and 26 years old from Chicago, were arrested for possession of counterfeit money and lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail.
The third suspect, an 18-year-old from Chicago, was not charged and was released.
A tracking dog from Portage Public Safety attempted a track for the fourth suspect, but was unable to locate him.
At 12:56 a.m. Friday, May 20, dispatch received a report of a stolen vehicle from the 1700 block of Vanderbilt. Due to the close proximity in time and distance from the location where the suspects were arrested, it appeared that the fourth suspect could be responsible for the theft.
Southwest Michigan police agencies were notified of the stolen car, a gold 2004 Kia Spectra. At approximately 3:30 a.m. it was stopped and recovered in Joliet, Ill.
The driver and lone occupant appears to be the same 16-year-old male suspect that was able to escape officers on Vanderbilt, authorities said.
Begeman said the suspects from this incident match the descriptions of subjects involved in multiple incidents in Kalamazoo County in the past week or so in which counterfeit money has been used at various stores, including the Walmart on Gull Road.