URBANA — Three men have been criminally charged with burglary and forgery for allegedly using forged checks at a local business.
Christopher Peeples, 23, of Park Forest; Antonio Anderson, 20, of the 1600 block of East Florida Avenue, Urbana; and Marvel Yarbrough, 22, of the 400 block of North Neil Street, Champaign, are all accused of using forged checks on Wednesday at the Illini Media Tech Center, 512 E. Green St., C.
Champaign police were called there after store employees realized that the checks from several different individuals had identical routing and account numbers even though they had different account holders' names on them. The fake checks had been used to pay for about $5,860 worth of electronics including computers, headphones and iPads.
An investigation led police to obtain a search warrant for Yarbrough's home. On Thursday, police recovered $1,216 cash, torn up checks, an open box of blank checks in the clothes dryer, computer software for writing checks, several computers, a printer, and Peeple's wallet and identification in the toilet tank.
According to the police report, Peeples said a fourth man gave the checks to him, Anderson and Yarbrough with the instruction that they were to buy merchandise to take to Chicago to sell. In return, they were to get a part of the proceeds.
All three men were told to be back in court on April 16.