Morristown police arrested three suspects for allegedly using counterfeit bills to buy items from local businesses.
A Morristown detective was investigating a report of counterfeit bills being passed at a Target store throughout June when he received a report of similar activity occurring at a local Walmart store. The detective then saw a male who matched the description of the suspect provided by Walmart security.
Police began surveillance on the man and saw him join another man and a woman in a vehicle. Officers allegedly saw the woman exit the Target store with merchandise.
When police followed the three suspects a local Home Depot store, officers allegedly saw one of the suspects pass $400 in counterfeit bills to the cashier.
The three suspects were arrested and accused of passing off more than $1,500 in counterfeit bills at Walmart, Target, and Home Depot. Additionally, police allegedly found the suspects in possession of more than $1,000 in cash. The suspects were later charged with forgery, theft by deception, and conspiracy.
While the original male suspect was taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility, the other two suspects were released. All of the suspects have pending court dates in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Riverdale Cops: Trio Scammed Stores with $1,600 in Counterfeit Bills.”
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