4 arrested for passing counterfeit bills

Published on Sunday, 23 February 2014 23:09 - Written by Staff Reports

Four Louisiana residents were arrested Saturday in Palestine for attempting to pass counterfeit $50 bills.

“It appeared that the suspects attempted to defeat the detector pens by washing out $5 bills and then reprinting them in denominations of $50,” Patrol Commander Lt. Jeff Powell said in a news release. “Officers advised that the security strip was in place, but did not match the monetary value displayed on the bill.”

Between 8:30 and 8:40 a.m. Saturday, the Palestine Police Department was called to two different convenience stores on Palestine Avenue where a man attempted to pass a counterfeit $50 bill, according to a news release from the department.  In both cases, the man left in a tan Chevy Impala with no license plate before officer could arrive.

Officers later found the vehicle and three men in the 1200 block of East Palestine Street. Police said counterfeit money was found on the men and inside the car, and they were arrested and will be charged with the second-degree felony of engaging in criminal activity, the release states.

Officers learned another man was allegedly passing counterfeit bills but was not arrested, and local businesses were notified.

About 2 p.m., the fourth man was found and arrested after a brief foot chase and physical confrontation, the release states. Counterfeit money also was found on the man.

He was charged with resisting arrest, as well as engaging in criminal activity. He also had a warrant in Crowley, La. for burglary.

Officers recovered a total of 18 counterfeit $50 bills.

“At least one of the suspects may have ties to a neighboring community in Houston County, and our detectives are in the process of contacting those law enforcement agencies to ascertain if any counterfeit was passed in their area,” Powell said in the release.

The names of the Louisiana residents were not released pending arraignment, but their ages are 20, 21, 26, and 29.