Attempted Forgery At Columbia Bank

Attempted Forgery At Columbia Bank

Police agencies throughout the Metro East are on the lookout for two suspects involved in a forgery incident that took place Monday afternoon, Dec. 18, at Associated Bank on North Main in downtown Columbia.

According to the initial report, at 3:22 p.m., a white male and a white woman presented a stolen I.D. card, debit card and checks to the teller. While at the bank they forged a signature in an attempt to illegally obtain cash.

The man is described as being in his 30s with dark hair. He was seen in the get-away vehicle’s driver’s seat. The female, sitting in the passenger’s side, wore a blonde wig and a grey baseball cap. They drove away from the bank in a grey SUV, last seen driving north on North Main Street. The vehicle had Illinois license plates reading Y918457. Area police searched the area that afternoon, but were unable to locate a matching vehicle.

The Columbia Police Department is working with the Illinois State Police as well as authorities from neighboring departments to locate the suspects. Officers are checking the surveillance video provided by the bank. The stolen identification and debit card used were taken in a vehicle burglary in the Metro East region earlier that day, reports Columbia Police Chief Jerry Paul.

Anyone with additional information about this incident can contact the CPD at 281-5151.

In addition, Chief Paul reminds citizens to lock their vehicles and secure any valuables inside the trunk or out of view. “If you are a victim of a vehicle burglary make a police report immediately and notify your financial card holders immediately,” he added.