Man charged in North East-area counterfeit case
— Investigators have arrested one of at least two suspects who allegedly used fake money to buy electronics at the Walmart near North East and later returned those items at different Walmarts for refunds in real cash, according to Cecil County District Court records.
Maryland State Police detectives were able to identify the suspect, Kasim Dquan Brookins, 30, of the 8200 block of Mareseca Circle near North East, after watching store surveillance video of the questionable purchases that he and another man made on March 2 and March 8 at the Walmart
in the Northeast Plaza shopping center, police reported.
In two transactions that occurred at the same register, some seven minutes apart, Brookins and the other suspect used counterfeit money to buy a Sony PlayStation4 for $435 and a Microsoft Xbox for $348, each receiving some change in the process, police said.
Then about 8:30 a.m March 3, one of those suspects returned the PlayStation 4 to a Walmart in Owings Mills and received a $435 cash refund, according to police. That same day, some nine hours later, the other suspect received a $348 cash refund after returning the Xbox to a Walmart in Abingdon, police reported.
Both of those merchandise-return transactions also were caught on video by store surveillance cameras, police noted.
“Both males were identified through Walmart surveillance footage. The PlayStation and Xbox were identified and confirmed to be the same using their unique product serial numbers,” court records allege.
Investigators encountered Brookins on April 5, after troopers responded to a suspicious person complaint relating to a man outside the Walmart near North East, police reported.
“Once contacted, troopers recognized him from the open investigation (detectives were) working. A comparison was conducted of Brookins and the surveillance photograph obtained from Walmart. The unknown male in the photograph was identified as Brookins,” court records show.
Detectives did not arrest Brookins at that point, however, because they wanted to conduct further investigation, police said. Investigators arrested Brookins on Wednesday, police added.
Free on a $10,000 bond, Brookins is charged with issuing forged currency, obtaining goods through money forgery, theft scheme of more than $1,000 and less than $10,000 and six other offenses, court records show.
Court records reflect no arrest of the second suspect.