Man charged in North East-area coun­ter­feit case

Cecil Whig - - & - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

NORTH EAST

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.

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