Mike Bertram tells tales of the railroads of Valley Forge

Staff Photo by Leann Pettit Mike Bertram showed pictures of old Valley Forge as well as told stories of the railroads that ran through the town at the Schuylkill River Heritage Center's event on Sept. 9.

PHOENIXVILLE - A Jeffersonville man was arraigned in district court Wednesday afternoon on theft charges after he allegedly sold merchandise to a relative from a local establishment while using counterfeit funds.

Cpl. Robert I. Sutton Jr. said he responded to Sears Hardware on Aug. 25 in response to a theft report involving Timothy Lamar Ford, 26, of the 200 block of Oxford Court, Jeffersonville. Sutton said he was informed by management of Sears Hardware that Ford, an employee of the store, was involved in a theft around 5:14 p.m. Aug. 20.

"Store management informed me that Ford allowed his cousin to purchase two garage door openers, valued at $529.98, on that day," said Sutton. "Ford, who was working at a cash register, allowed his cousin to pay with six counterfeit $100 bills. Ford then gave his cousin the change from the purchase."

Sutton said several hours later, Ford's cousin came back into Sears Hardware and returned the two garage door openers, and Sears gave Ford's cousin a full refund for the items.

On Aug. 21, an employee was counting the money from the previous day, said Sutton, and discovered the six counterfeit $100 bills in Ford's bag.

"All six bills had the same serial numbers on them," said Sutton. "A counterfeit pen also determined the bills to be counterfeit."

Sutton said Ford was interviewed by store management and he admitted to the thefts. Ford also stated that he knew the bills his cousin had given him were counterfeit, said Sutton.

Ford is charged with retail theft; theft by unlawful taking; theft by deception; forgery; and receiving stolen property.

He was arraigned before District Justice Ted Michaels and was released on $15,000 unsecured bail.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004 at 9 a.m.

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