Second counterfeiting ring suspect captured after chase in Harvest area, third suspect still at large
MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Deputies from Limestone and Madison counties spent more than two hours pursuing a counterfeiting suspect who they said ran from them Wednesday morning.
Authorities have charged Benjamin Allen Hill, 27, with first-degree auto theft, first-degree criminal mischief, attempting to elude by motor vehicle, four counts of possession of a forged instrument and conspiracy to commit a controlled substance crime. Hill is currently being held in the Limestone County Jail on a $33,500 bond.
A Limestone County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said around 9:30 a.m. a deputy tried to stop a man suspected of passing a counterfeit bill at Heritage Food Mart. Sgt. Jonathan Hardiman responded to the call and says he saw the suspect, Benjamin Hill, leaving the convenience store in a van. Sgt Hardiman tried to pull the vehicle over but Hill didn’t stop. Authorities say Hill eventually abandoned the vehicle near Harvest Road a short distance into Madison County.
Deputies set up an area perimeter and called for the tracking dogs and K-9 officers from the Limestone County Correctional Facility. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office also helped during the search. The dogs found Hill hiding in a yard nearby just before noon.
Deputies say they found a large amount of what appeared to be methamphetamine in the van. Authorities say the drugs also turned out to be counterfeit.
Investigators observed the counterfeit money that had been passed at Heritage Food Mart and quickly determined that it matched the forgeries from the Charles Lee Anderson case last week. Authorities say a third suspect in the counterfeit ring is still at large. LSCO has issued multiple warrants against Adam Chambers, 31. If you have information on Adam Chambers location, call the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office at (256) 232-0111.
Limestone County Schools in the area were placed on a modified lockdown during the search, meaning students could not go outside.
“I’m proud of the way Sgt. Hardiman recognized and pursued the suspect and helped set up the perimeter for the K9 tracking dogs,” Sheriff Mike Blakely said in a statement. “I’m also proud of the excellent teamwork demonstrated by Madison County Sheriff’s deputies, Limestone Correctional Facility officers, and the Limestone County deputies and investigators. Their seamless, coordinated efforts combined to effectively make this arrest.”