Police look for counterfeiters
By By LYDIA GRIMES Feature Reporter
Brewton Police Chief Mickey Lovelace has released information about several investigations going on at the present time.
The Brewton Police Department is investigating a rash of counterfeit bills being circulated in the area.
Two federal agents from Mobile were in Brewton a few days ago to discuss the situation with Lovelace.
The $100, $20, $10 and $5 bills were made on a computer.
Wednesday night, April 21, was a busy night for the police department.
At about 9 p.m., a call came in from the GoCo 117 convenience store located at the corner of Persimmon Street and South Blvd. (the old Shell Station).
Upon arrival at the scene the police were informed that the clerk had been robbed at gunpoint.
A black male wearing gray sweat pants and a white shirt had a silver pistol with a white handle which he held on the clerk. He carried a Wal-Mart bag and initiated the robbery when the clerk was putting the garbage out.
The man dumped an undetermined amount of money in the bag and tried to take the video camera.
He ran from the store and was last seen going behind the store.
Tracking dogs were brought in from Fountain Corrections. They picked up the scent and followed it to the parking lot at Church's Chicken on Persimmon Street where the scent was lost near the dumpster.
Chief Lovelace asks anyone who might have information to call the station at 867-3212.
The same night the police received a call about a white male who was behind D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital acting suspiciously.
The man was wearing dark clothes, a blue cap and driving a white van. Lovelace responded to the call and upon arrival found that the man had vacated the scene. The van was later stopped on Persimmon Street and the driver was found to be in possession of burglary tools.
Forrest McCalmon, 24, gave his address as 2271 Government Street, Mobile. He was charged with the possession and later turned over to the Escambia County Sheriff's Department.
In other business, Lovelace said that minor damage had been done to the railroad crossing at the signal light downtown when a truck got hung on the crossing. The damage will be repaired by CSX, owners of the railroad, as soon as possible.