LaPorte police arrested a Chicago woman who reportedly tried to cash a counterfeit check at a LaPorte Savings Bank branch on Wednesday. Tabitha Jones, 24, was apprehended around 1:30 p.m. at the bank branch on Boyd Boulevard. Jones told the police she was working with a male named “Quinten Pillow” and another unidentified female traveling in a white Infiniti and a white Chevrolet Suburban. The police report indicates they told Jones to take the check into the bank and cash it and she would be paid for her assistance. About 10 minutes before Jones’ arrest, police were dispatched to the LaPorte Savings Bank branch on Indiana Avenue after officials there discovered they had just cashed a counterfeit check. Police say a black man with an Illinois identification card indicating his name was Quinten Pillow cashed a check for $1,346 drawn on the account of J. Shoffner. The man left the bank before employees there realized the check was counterfeit.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.