Three charged in Stone County forgery case

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Three people have been charged in Stone County in a case involving the passing of a counterfeit $100 bill.

The fake bill was passed at Timbo Grocery. According to court documents, authorities were called into the case by the store’s owners, Bethany and Parker Amis, who had already done some of the investigative groundwork by pulling video of the incident. They also had a picture of the truck in which the three suspects were traveling, noting the driver’s side had unique damage.

Two days later, on Nov. 10, the trio returned in the truck. This time, investigators had another video.

The lead detective in the case, Brad Breeding, put out pictures and information on the three, and Mountain View Police Officer Kenneth Francis soon found the truck as it pulled in to the Bank of Izard County on Sylamore Avenue. He held it there until Breeding arrived to conduct interviews.

After the investigative process, authorities charged the three suspects. They are identified in the court douments as John Michael Oltz, Jr., 27, who was charged with forgery and hindering apprehension; Hope R. Horn, 45, who was charged with forgery; and Charity L. Howard, 49, who was charged with hindering apprehension. Howard was identified as the mother of John Michael Oltz, Jr.

All three were placed on $20,000 bonds.

Police say they were all friends on social media and had ties to the local area, although they were out of Indiana.

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