By Justin Jones, Staff Writer
Monday, February 25, 2013 —
A mother and son are both awaiting a court date for their role in using counterfeit dollar bills, according to local law enforcement.
Mother, Tonya Polk Chandler of 608 Snuggs St. and son, Dillon Patrick Chandler of the same address were arrested on Feb. 11. Dillon was arrested by the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office and Albemarle Police Department made the arrest on Tonya.
Tonya was charged with forgery of instrument, obtaining property by false pretense and uttering forged instrument according to a press release by APD.
The circumstances of Dillon’s arrest was in last Thursday’s Stanly News & Press, in which he was charged with possession of more than five counterfeit instruments, obtaining property by false pretense and uttering forged instrument.
Dillon Chandler’s arrest marks the third time since November that he has been arrested in Stanly County. In November, Dillon was arrested by Albemarle Police on charges of felony breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and larceny. In January, the Sheriff’s Office arrested Chandler on charges of assault inflicting serious bodily injury that was said to have occurred Dec. 30.
Chandler was indicted on both charges of breaking and entering/larceny and assault. Both cases are pending with Chandler due to appear in court on March 11 for the assault charges.
In both of the arrests, efforts were made on the part of the Albemarle Police Department, the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office and the help of the United States Secret Service. Norwood Police also assisted in the arrest of Dillon.
Albemarle’s Criminal Investigation Division Commander Captain David Dulin said that with other investigations ongoing in the counterfeit circulation in Stanly County, he was limited in the comments he could make at the present time.
In the recent arrest, Dulin said that Dillon was found to be in possession of nine counterfeit 100 dollar bills and seven counterfeit 20 dollar bills.
Tonya was found with three counterfeit 100 dollar bills, all of which “had no security strip, no color shifted ink and no watermarks,” according to Dulin.
APD said that Tonya used the counterfeit bills at Food Lion along U.S. 52 while Dillon had used counterfeit bills to pay for an engine repair at H P Engines in Norwood.
“These are some of the major parties. We expect there are more major parties that we haven’t made arrests on yet,” Dulin said.
“Everyday we’re getting more information about the counterfeit money, but we are coming to a conclusion and plan to make a big dent on the affect it’s making in the Albemarle community.”
The initial court date for the counterfeit charges is set for March 4.