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Police: Man Buying Cigarettes Nabbed on Fraud Charges

Jessie Robinson, 51, remained in Will County Adult Detention Center on Monday on $11,410 cash bond on various forgery charges.

A man who attempted to buy cigarettes with three fraudulent credit cards at a Frankfort gas station was later arrested trying to repeat the forgery in Mokena, police said.

Jessie Robinson, 51, of Chicago, entered a BP gas station, 9595 W. Lincoln Hwy., at about 2 p.m. on Sunday and attempted to purchase two cartons of Newport cigarettes, according to Cmdr. Kevin Keegan.

"He attempted to pay with an American Express card, and the transaction was declined," Keegan said Monday. "He took out another American Express card and that transaction was declined. He then took out a third American Express card and that card ended up going through."

After the transaction was processed, police said, Robinson picked up more merchandise in the gas station, which included a $100 gift card and drinks, and tried to use the third card again.

"This time, it was declined," Keegan said.

Robinson had an Illinois driver's license with a name that matched one of the credit cards that ended up being fraudulent, the commander added.

By the time officers reached the Frankfort BP, Robinson had left. But Frankfort police soon got a dispatch from Mokena police that a male subject was at a BP on LaGrange Road attempting to use a fraudulent credit card and driver's license.

Mokena police officers spotted Robinson's vehicle and ultimately found four American Express cards, a Visa credit card and a Visa gift card in his possession, as well as the phony driver's license, according to Keegan.

"The Illinois driver's license appeared smaller than normal, the information wasn't centered, it was missing the height category," Keegan said.

Authorities then learned Robinson had three active warrants for his arrest.

He was charged with possession of a counterfeit credit card, unlawful use of a credit card and forgery, and transported to Will County Adult Detention Center, where he remained Monday on $11,410 cash bond. 

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