RCSO says woman hid fake checks

CONYERS - Earlier this month, police charged a DeKalb County woman for attempting to present two fake checks and a fake ID card at a Conyers department store. An additional nine counts of forgery were levied against the woman when jail officials found additional pieces of evidence in an unlikely hiding spot.

Angela Little, 37, of 141 Carteret Place, Decatur, was taken to the Rockdale County Jail after her arrest Jan. 3 by the Conyers Police Department. Little was taken into custody for three counts of first degree forgery after she allegedly attempted to use two counterfeit checks to purchase a gift card at the Belk department store in the Conyers Crossroads shopping center.

According to an incident report that was not released by the Conyers Police Department until Wednesday, a female jailer was called to perform a body search of Little when she was brought to the county jail. During the search, the deputy reportedly found six checks in the name of a day care center, a personal check, two different identification cards and a credit card inside a body cavity.

Little allegedly went to Belk and attempted to purchase a $200 gift card with a check in the name of Roberta Hill. The check was rejected at the cash register, so Little reportedly tried a different check and presented an ID card. When the second check was rejected, Little walked toward the men's department. The clerk alerted her manager and the police were contacted.

CPD officers arrived at the store and met Little in the parking lot as she was going to a car. A male companion said he owned the car and allowed the officers to search the vehicle, where a torn-off piece of a check was found in the passenger seat. Little struggled against the officers as they tried to place her in handcuffs after she refused to allow them to search her, the report said.

Little's friend allegedly told police at the scene that the other checks were likely hidden on her person, and he pointed to his pelvic area, according to the incident report.

Little was taken to the county jail, where officers reported that she yelled and claimed she had been abused during the arrest. Little was escorted to the women's shower by a female deputy to conduct a body search. The deputy reported that she found business checks and an ID card. She said there were other items she had been unable to recover because Little did not cooperate, the report said.

The deputy called the jail nurse to assist in the search. A second ID card and credit card were recovered, the report said.

Little was still in the county jail as of Thursday and had not posted a $60,000 bond, according to jail officials.

Jay Jones can be reached at jay.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.