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Second Springfield man arrested in fake money case

The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill.

Feb. 11--A second person has been arrested in connection with an investigation into the use of counterfeit money at several businesses in the Sherman area.

Shance O. Dalton, 18, of Springfield was arrested Sunday by Springfield police on a warrant charging him with forgery.

A week earlier, Sherman police arrested John Steward, 22, of Springfield on possible charges of forgery and theft by deception after identifying him as a person of interest in reports of fake money being used around Sherman on Feb. 3.

Sherman police on Monday said after talking to police in Chatham and Lincoln, who also have received recent reports of counterfeit money use at local businesses, Dalton was identified as a second person of interest.

A warrant for Dalton's arrest was issued on Thursday, according to court records. Around 7:20 p.m. Sunday, Springfield police reported seeing people selling suspected marijuana from a vehicle in the 200 block of South Grand Avenue West. Officers made traffic stop and reported seeing Dalton sitting in the back seat. Police said Dalton gave a false name and ran away when officers attempted to place handcuffs on him. He was caught a short distance away.

In addition to the forgery warrant, Dalton could be charged with delivery of cannabis, obstructing identification and resisting arrest, authorities said.

Businesses that have recently received fake money should contact their local police department, Sherman police said.

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