Fake $50 leads to suspect’s arrest in Edinburgh

Antonio L. Cheatem. Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

An Indianapolis man was arrested for allegedly trying to pass a fake $50 bill at a Bartholomew County business.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department reports that deputies were called to a report of a fraud in the 11000 block of North U.S. 31 at about 3:50 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

When deputies arrived, the suspect left the business parking lot and headed to the Edinburgh Outlet Mall where he tried to hide in landscaping, according to police reports. The suspect was caught after a short chase and allegedly gave authorities a fake name.

He turned out to be 44-year-old Antonio L. Cheatem. Cheatem is facing preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and false informing. He was also wanted on outstanding warrants from Johnson and Hendricks counties.