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January 17, 2013

Store clerk follows forgery suspect, alerts police

MOULTRIE — A man who tried to pass a forged a check at a Moultrie convenience store was nabbed Wednesday after an employee followed him to another store and alerted police.

John Stanley Griner, 52, 2344 Old Doerun Road, was arrested after he led an officer on a brief foot chase from Harvey’s Supermarket, 1209 First Ave. S.E., Moultrie Police Department reports said.

Police said that an employee at Enmark, 915 First Ave. S.E., reported that Griner tried to purchase two cartons of Newport cigarettes using a check on an account that had been flagged. When an employee asked Griner for identification, he told her to void the check and left with two men in a gray Chevrolet Caprice.

An Enmark employee followed the car to Harvey’s where an officer approached Griner inside the store, police said. When the officer asked Griner to stop and talk with him he ran out of the store and was caught in a wooded area behind American Pawn.

When officers searched Griner, a check book that did not belong to him was found, police said, and before police arrived he had used one of the checks to make a purchase at Harvey’s.

Moultrie police charged him with two counts of forgery and obstruction of an officer.

Griner also is wanted in Dougherty County on a probation violation warrant, police said.

In other arrests:

• Chalaka Tamara Young, 38, 1022 Ninth Ave. S.E., was charged Jan. 10 with two counts of financial transaction card fraud.

Berlin Police Department

• Paul Lamont Merritt, 33, 1306 Leone Ave., Valdosta, was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence, speeding (125 miles per hour in a 45 zone), fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, speeding (85 miles per hour in a 55 zone), open container violation, reckless driving, failure to drive within a single lane and failure to stop at a stop sign.

Merritt was arrested Tuesday evening after a Berlin officer chased a 2007 Dodge Charger into Moultrie, where the driver, identified as Merritt, crashed into another car at the intersection of Ninth Avenue and 11th Street Southeast.

Moultrie police charged him with reckless driving and failure to maintain lane.

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