Two New York men who police said were passing counterfeit $100 bills were arrested Sunday night after a report from an alert witness.

Marc Cornier, 22, and Freddy Pachay, 58, were taken into custody outside Stone Cold Creamery, 2320 Black Rock Turnpike, after and police said they used fake currency at five different businesses on the street.

Police were first called by a witness who said he saw a car with New York plates pulling up to different Black Rock Turnpike businesses. The passenger would get out the car, run into a store and then back to the car. The witness thought the activity looked suspicious and called police.

Capt. Josh Zabin said that witness should be commended. "If not for the witness, we would likely never have made this arrest," he said.

A search of the men's car found various foods allegedly purchased with the phony money, and the men were later identified by employees of the stores that were victimized. The men also had several counterfeit $100 bills in their possession, according to the report.

Cornier, who lives in Flushing, N.Y., was charged with four counts each of sixth-degree larceny and first-degree forgery. His partner, Pachay, is from Corona, N.Y. Pachay, who was driving the car, was charged with four counts each of conspiracy to commit first-degree forgery and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny. He was also charged with two counts of first-degree forgery.

Both men were held on bonds of $5,000 and are scheduled to appear May 26 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.