DECATUR – When a 20-year-old parolee fled from Decatur patrol officer Jeffrey Klebe on foot, to evade arrest on several outstanding warrants, the officer noticed something unusual protruding from the suspect's pocket.
He “observed what appeared to be a stack of $100 bills hanging from the pants pocket” of Albert E. Tillman, said a probable cause affidavit by Klebe. “The bills fell from his pocket after Tillman got off the ground at the end of the pursuit.”
When the police seized the 25 bills, “Tillman denied any knowledge of the bills, even though they were observed falling from his pocket,” Klebe wrote in his statement.
Police discovered the bills were “fraudulent motion picture bills,” which closely resemble genuine currency, manufactured for use in the film industry.
Klebe wrote that there have been numerous reports that similar cinematic bills have been used to defraud businesses and others in the Decatur area.
“Tillman is not known to be involved in the motion picture industry,” the affidavit said.
He was arrested about 11:20 a.m. Feb. 11 in the 1200 block of North Edward Street, and booked into the Macon County Jail, where he was being held on $10,000 bond. He was arraigned on one felony count of forgery and a misdemeanor count of resisting a peace officer.
Tillman, who has an extensive criminal history, was released from prison Nov. 25, 2015, after serving part of a four-year sentence for possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He was convicted Feb. 7 of resisting a peace officer in a 2016 case, for which he served three days in jail.
He is due in court March 8 for his preliminary hearing in his most recent case.