Friday, Aug. 10, 2012
Police make two arrests in counterfeit ring
Investigation linked to additional arrest in Overland Park, Kan.
The Harrisonville Police Department have made two arrests in connection seven counterfeit incidents at several local businesses that occurred July 29 and 30.
Richard L. Kelley, Jr., of Cleveland, and Kyle P. Calhoun, of Harrisonville, both 25, were charged with forgery. Kelly was charged with three counts, Calhoun received one count. Both individuals are being held in the Cass County Jail.
The incidents occurred at one convenience store and several fast food establishments in Harrisonville.
In each case, phony $20 and $10 bills were used. The bogus bills carry the same serial number.
“We completed seven different cases involving counterfeit bills that were passed or caught by the store clerks,” Lt. Mike Prindle of the Harrisonville Police Department said. “We have been able to clear four of those cases through the arrests made.”
Prindle said the fraud in Harrisonville may also be connected to a finding of counterfeit money on a Cass County man in Overland Park, Kan.
Overland Park Police Officer Gary Mason said they invested a burglary situation on Aug. 3, in which led to the arrest of 32-year-old Ryan M. Heathman, of Raymore. Police found counterfeit bills on Heathman, made an arrest, and alerted Harrisonville and Raymore police in lieu of the recent incidents in Harrisonville.
Heathman was booked into the Johnson County Jail on a forgery charge. He later posted bond and was released.
Raymore Police is working with Harrisonville and Overland Park police departments, as well the U.S. Secret Service with both incidents.
Anyone who may have fake bills in their possession are urged to contact the Harrisonville Police Department immediately at 816-380-8940 or 911.