CEDAR RAPIDS – Two men are accused of using counterfeit bills to buy more than $1,000 in merchandise from Target stores in Cedar Rapids.
Delonno Myles, 32, and Charles Price, 30, both with no known address, have each been charged with one count of second-degree theft, forgery and conspiracy. Price faces an additional charge of possession of marijuana.
Police arrested Myles and Price after investigating another use of counterfeit bills at an auto parts store. According to police, the pair bought a part at O’Reilly Auto Parts store in northeast Cedar Rapids with counterfeit money and then tried to return it at the southwest Cedar Rapids location.
Employees at that store realized what was happening and called police around 11:05 a.m. Friday, police said. Officers stopped a vehicle as it was leaving the store and found Myles and Price inside.
Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said several electronic items were found in the car that had been purchased from both Target stores in Cedar Rapids and the Coralville location. Hamblin said an officer who checked with the Target store in southwest Cedar Rapids found employees already compiling a list of items that had been purchased with counterfeit bills.
Police said the thefts at Target occurred Thursday and Friday using mostly $20 and $50 counterfeit bills. Ten counterfeit $20 bills also were passed at Wal-Mart, 3601 29th Ave. SW, on the same days, but store officials were still trying to identify possible suspects, Hamblin said.
Myles and Price were taken to the Linn County Jail, where they remained in custody Monday afternoon.