MEDIA ADVISORYSeptember 3, 2013FAST FOOD FISH GREASE LEADS POLICE TO GOSHEN COUNTERFEITERMedia Contact: Curtis T. Hill, Jr. 296-1888***On Tuesday, August 27, 2013, a 12-person jury convicted DELVON TOLBERT of Forgery, a class C felony, Resisting Law Enforcement and Auto Theft, both class D felonies, in Elkhart Superior Court 2. On September 22, 2012, Tolbert engaged multiple Goshen Police Officers in a high speed vehicle chase through downtown Goshen, requiring Officer Brandon Miller to reach speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour to keep up. Tolbert eventually stopped his vehicle and fled on foot through a field off of State Road 15. Tolbert was ultimately apprehended with the help of multiple backup officers, including Ofc. Nick McCloughen and Ofc. Tom Fuller. During further investigation, Ofc. Fuller discovered numerous counterfeit $20 bills with the same serial number dropped by the Defendant, along with a recently purchased bag of Long John Silvers fried fish in and around a white Chrysler 300, which was later discovered to be stolen. Ofc. Fuller followed up with the management at Long John Silvers, located on Pike Street in Goshen, and discovered that an identical counterfeit $20 bill was passed earlier that day. When Tolbert was arrested, Ofc. McCloughen recovered another identical counterfeit $20 in his pocket. Deputy Prosecutors Nathaniel Henson and Katelan Doyle proceeded to trial against Tolbert in absentia after Tolbert failed to appear, even though he had appeared and acknowledged his trial in open court on May 6. Jurors heard from officers Brandon Miller, Nick McCloughen and Thomas Fuller, about the high-speed chase and discovery of counterfeit money. During the trial, federal marshals and agents appeared at Superior Court 2 in hopes of taking Tolbert into custody. He is currently “wanted” in several states, including Nevada, Michigan and Iowa, for bank robbery and similar currency counterfeiting schemes. After the jury’s verdict of guilty on all counts, Judge Stephen Bowers issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Tolbert. ***Under Indiana law, all persons arrested for a criminal offense are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.