Police looking for convicted counterfeiter after trial held in his absence
Posted: 09/04/2013 at 4:00 pm
By: Sharon Hernandez
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Delvon Tolbert 9/4/2013 (Photo Supplied)
Delvon Tolbert, 25, of Elkhart, failed to appear at his trial Aug. 27, but a 12-member jury found him guilty of resisting law enforcement and auto theft, both Class D felonies. He was also found guilty of forgery, a class C felony, according to a press release from the Elkhart County Prosecutorís office.
Officers chased Tolbert through downtown Goshen Sept. 22, 2012, until Tolbert eventually stopped his car and ran through a field just off of S.R. 15. He was arrested with the help of multiple officers.
During an investigation of the vehicle Tolbert used in his attempt to flee from police, officers found several counterfeit $20 bills with the same serial numbers in the vehicle and Tolbertís pocket. Police also learned the vehicle was stolen.
An officer following up on the investigation went to Long John Silver, where Tolbert appeared to have bought some food before the pursuit began, and found a counterfeit $20 bill that was passed earlier that day matched the ones Tolbert had in his car.
Tolbert was arrested, but he bailed out of jail on a $15,000 bond. He appeared for his hearings and acknowledged that his trial date was Aug. 27, but when the day of his trial came up he did not appear.
The court moved forward with the trial in Tolbertís absence. After Tolbert was convicted, Judge Stephen Bowers issued a bench warrant for Tolbertís arrest.
During the trial, federal marshals appeared at the court to take Tolbert into custody.
He is wanted in several states, including Nevada, Michigan and Iowa, for bank robbery and similar currency counterfeiting schemes.