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Athens store hit
by alleged forgers

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

ATHENS — An Athens lieutenant chased down a Georgia man who allegedly was trying to cash forged checks at a grocery store that was the site of a similar scheme a week prior.

On Friday, Juan Escamilla Campos, 30, of 2121 Windy Hill, Atlanta, allegedly tried to cash forged checks at L&S Foodland in Athens, Capt. Marty Bruce said.

A store employee got suspicious, called police and followed Campos when he left the store.

Lt. Steve Moore spotted the car Campos was driving and tried to pull it over when it reached U.S. 72 at U.S. 31.

Bruce said Campos refused to stop and turned onto Cloverleaf Drive.

Campos then stopped the car, Bruce said, and Campos and other occupants allegedly fled on foot. Moore chased down Campos.

Investigator Dustin Lansford charged Campos with five counts of second-degree forgery.

Campos was in the Limestone County Jail on $5,000 bond.

A week before this incident, on June 22, three Hispanic men from Atlanta and a fourth from Marietta, Ga., cashed 15 photocopied checks at L&S.

Police charged them with first-degree theft by deception.

One of the men from the June 22 arrest listed an address on Windy Hill in Atlanta.

Campos, who has been staying in Decatur, according to Athens police, gave the county jail a Windy Hill address.

An investigator said authorities are trying to determine if the two incidents are linked.

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