The Commerce Police Department continued to make forgery arrests during the past week, arresting four individuals on that charge.
Among them was Joshua Kendall Pilgrim, 36, 1221 White Oak Drive, who cashed a check at Quality Foods, Maysville Road, in late April.
The bank returned the check as invalid — “account never existed,” according to the arrest report.
However, Pilgrim used his driver’s license for identification, which led to his arrest.
The report noted that similar checks had been cashed at about that time at four other locations.
Others charged with forgery during the past week include:
•Patrick Kyle Blake, 20, 715 Hwy. 59, Commerce, and Kevin Scott Fleming, 20, 660 Railroad Bridge, Carnesville, both charged with forgery in connection with checks stolen from an Old Maysville Road business. The two suspects allegedly tried to cash a check for $621 at JD’s Tobacco Town, but an alert clerk suspected it was fake and called the business owner, who came to the store where Fleming was still at the scene. The other check, for $325, was cashed by someone else at Cody Fuels, Maysville Road.
•Jeremy Adam Whitfield, 26, 5811 Mount Olive Road, Lot 16, Commerce, forgery. He was arrested after allegedly attempting to purchase Powerade and beer with counterfeit $5 and $10 bills at a Maysville Road convenience store. The manager detected the fraud, kept the bills and got a tag number. There is also video of the attempted transaction, according to the arrest report.