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Suspect in Counterfeit Check Case Surrenders 3 Years Later

The following arrest information was supplied by the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety. It does not indicate a conviction.

In 2009 Wachovia/Wells Fargo lost $20,862 when two counterfeit checks were cased at two separate Wachovia bank branches in Alpharetta. Three years later, a suspect in the case showed up at the Alpharetta Public Safety building to turn himself in on an outstanding warrant.

Both checks were written against the same company, Cooper Homes. One of the checks was made out to Jonathan Tucker. He showed up at police headquarters on March 26 to face the charges, which inclued thft by taking, first degree forgery and identification fraud.

Tucker, 23, of Decatur, remains in Fulton County Jail.

Credit Card Fraud Suspect Arrested

The manager of a North Point Parkway store reported to Alpharetta police on March 19 that someone had stolen her American Express card and used it to buy gift cards at Target in Buckhead last November. On March 28 the suspect, a former former employee, was arrested.

Jimell DeKarrion Barnes, 23, of Decatur, has been charged with three counts of financial transaction card fraud and three counts of identity fraud, a felony. He was released from Fulton County Jail on $25,000 bond on March 30.

Alpharetta Police Stop Suspect with Camera in Pocket

A 48-year-old East Point man was arrested on a charge that he shoplifted a camera from Costco in Alpharetta.

The loss prevention officer from Costco called Alpharetta police when he allegedly saw the suspect taking a camera out of its packaging and stealing it.

Shortly after police arrived, the suspect was seen by an officer walking out of the store. He was questioned about the camera, and acknowledged it was in his jeans pocket.

Ernest Dean Kline, 48, was charged with theft by shoplifting over $300, a felony.

For questions about this blotter, email Bob Pepalis.

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