Three people have been arrested for passing counterfeit money to a Waffle House located on Richlands Highway in Jacksonville.
Onslow County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Richlands Highway Waffle House in Jacksonville on January 18, 2018, after they received a counterfeit $50 bill.
Surveillance footage obtained led investigators to a female suspect who was seen leaving in a white conversion van being driven by an unknown male. Later the same night, the vehicle was located by patrol deputies and a traffic stop was conducted, according to a press release. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Jim Doye Bembridge and the female, Jessica Nichole Baker was identified as the person with the counterfeit money. Marcus Shane Watkins was also found in the vehicle with Bembridge and Baker, the press release said.
A search of the vehicle led to evidence of several other businesses having received fake $50 bills. All three suspects were arrested and charged with:
(3) Counts Felony Forgery of Instrument
(3) Counts Felony Possess Counterfeit Instrument
(3) Counts Felony Utter Forged Instrument
(3) Counts Felony Obtaining Property by False Pretense
(3) Counts Felony Conspiracy
Bond for Watkins, age 30 of Canterbury Road, Nashville, N.C. was set at $175,000 secured.
Bembridge, age 34 of Wallace Family Road, Kinston, N.C. had his bond set at $87,500 secured.
Baker, age 21 of Wallace Family Road, Kinston, N.C. bond was set at $72,000 secured.
An investigation by the Detective Division has led to a search warrant being served in Lenoir County and as the investigation continues more charges are expected.
Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Sergeant Lincoln at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Crime Stoppers at
910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018-000957 when calling.
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