Crime & Courts

Chicago man accused of spending $1,500 worth of counterfeit bills in Crystal Lake

Denzel Bailey, 27, of the 4800 block of West Race Avenue, Chicago
Denzel Bailey, 27, of the 4800 block of West Race Avenue, Chicago

A Chicago man is due in McHenry County court Thursday after police said he used about $1,500 in counterfeit bills to buy fast food, pizza and a vehicle in Crystal Lake.

Denzel Bailey remained at the McHenry County Jail on $50,000 bond Wednesday afternoon. Crystal Lake police arrested the 27-year-old Monday morning.

Bailey, of the 4800 block of West Race Avenue, is accused of using counterfeit $100 bills to pay for food and services at a 7-Eleven, Wendy’s, KFC and Nick’s Pizza and Pub in Crystal Lake.

A Nick’s Pizza employee said that about 10:50 a.m. Monday, police were at the apartment complex in the 200 block of Elmhurst Road in Crystal Lake when a delivery driver arrived with Bailey’s large sausage pizza.

After trying to pay for the delivery with a counterfeit $100 bill, Bailey robbed the driver of $71 in cash and took the pizza, according to a criminal complaint.

Bailey did not have a chance to eat the pizza, however, before police arrested him, the Nick’s Pizza employee said.

Authorities could not be reached for details surrounding Bailey’s arrest.

The most expensive purchase Bailey is accused of making was a 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette van, which he bought from a private seller and paid for in 11 counterfeit $100 bills, according to the complaint.

He faces robbery, forgery, theft, criminal trespass to property and possession of a stolen vehicle charges, which could result in up to five years in prison if convicted.

The situation remains under investigation, prosecutors said.

McHenry County Judge Joel Berg appointed Assistant Public Defender Grant Tucker to represent Bailey on the charges. Tucker could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Bailey is scheduled for a bond hearing Thursday morning.

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