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CHARLESTON -- A Charleston woman was arrested Wednesday as a result of an investigation into a report of a stolen vehicle at 2:19 p.m. Nov. 15 in the 200 block of West Locust Avenue, according to city police.

Police report that a delivery driver for Jimmy John’s parked and exited her vehicle to make a delivery when a female suspect entered the vehicle and drove away.

The investigation led to the identification of the suspect, Vanessa J. Eberhart, 36, who confessed during an interview to stealing the vehicle, police say. She reported that she was walking through the area at the time and took the vehicle without permission, said Tony West, Charleston police detective.

Eberhart was released with an initial court appearance scheduled for February, according to police. The vehicle was found about a week after the incident took place in Paris and was returned to the owner.

In a separate incident, officers arrested James D. Donaldson, 24, of Charleston after he allegedly used a counterfeit 100 dollar bill for a purchase Sunday.

According to police, Donaldson attempted to pay a Jimmy John’s delivery driver using a $100 bill with “For Motion Picture Use Only” displayed on the front and back of the bill.

In an interview with police, Donaldson indicated that he unsuccessfully attempted to use counterfeit bills outside of Coles County, West said. Donaldson was arrested Thursday for forgery and placed in the Coles County jail, according to the Coles County Sheriff’s records.

West said bills like these are common counterfeits that circulate statewide.

Also, Charleston officers arrested Ernest C. Hubbard, 66, of Charleston after a traffic stop for possession of a controlled substance.

Officers conducted a traffic stop at 8:29 p.m.Thursday at the intersection of Fifth Street and Olive Avenue, according to police. During the stop, Hubbard reportedly consented to a search of his person as well as his vehicle.

The search yielded the discovery of non-prescribed medicine, an amphetamine, in his 1994 Dodge Ram, West said. Hubbard was arrested and sent to the Coles County jail. The truck he was driving was seized by police pending a property seizure hearing, police report.

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Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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