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updated: 3/26/2013 4:04 PM

Florida men charged in DuPage forgery scheme

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  • Jalil Allen

      Jalil Allen

  • Lawrence Miles-Trice

      Lawrence Miles-Trice

 

Two Florida residents went on a shopping spree with credit cards stolen from vehicles at health clubs and day care centers in three DuPage County communities, authorities said Tuesday.

Jalil Allen, 25, and Lawrence Miles-Trice, 24, have been charged with felony forgery.

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The suspects were arrested last week after they smashed a car window at LA Fitness, 102 W. Roosevelt Road in Villa Park, and took a purse containing several credit cards, according to police.

Villa Park Detective Sgt. Dan McCann said officers tracked the pair to Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale, where video surveillance captured them making purchases.

During the investigation, officers recovered additional cards taken from vehicles at fitness clubs and day care centers in Downers Grove, Villa Park and Westmont, according to a news release.

Authorities said they also located numerous items purchased with stolen credit cards, including clothes that one of the suspects was wearing at the time of his arrest.

In addition to forgery, Miles-Trice was charged with felony illegal use of a credit card and Allen was charged with misdemeanor possession of stolen property.

Authorities said both men hail from Florida and have multiple addresses in that state. The suspects also provided an Aurora address that police said they were unable to immediately verify.

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