Five pinched for allegedly passing fake bills on Black Rock Turnpike
FAIRFIELD — Five New Yorkers are facing charges after they allegedly passed off fake $100 bills at businesses on Black Rock Turnpike Tuesday night.
Police were first called around 8 p.m. May 30 by a clerk at The Paper Store, who said a woman just tried to use a fake $100 bill to make a purchase. The purchase was denied, and the woman left the store and got into a white BMW.
Officers located the car parked next door at Old Navy, with three men sitting inside. They told police they were just traveling through town and stopped to get something to eat. While talking to the three, an employee from Old Navy came out and said fake $100 bills had just been used in the store, in three separate transactions, by two men and a woman. The employee thought two of the three had run behind the building and pointed out the third person, Andrew Campbell, 21, who was in the car.
Brandon Parker, 21, and Destiny Poole, 18, were found behind the nearby Bank of America building. When the officer approached, Parker hid his hands, according to the report, and the officer held him at gunpoint until other police officers arrived.
During a search, police found several more $100 bills, all bearing the same serial number, on Parker. Police also seized merchandise from Victoria’s Secret and Pink stores found in the car along with $328 in legal currency, believed to have been received by the suspects as change for the fake bills. Since none of the five was a licensed driver, the car was towed.
Lawrence and Roberts, both from Bronx, N.Y., who apparently did not go into either store, were charged with conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny and released on a promise to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport on June 8.
Campbell, of New York City, and Parker, of Bronx, N.Y., were both charged with sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, and second-degree forgery. They were each held on a $1,000 bond and are scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport on June 8.
Poole, from New York City, was charged with sixth-degree larceny, criminal attempt at sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, and second-degree forgery. She was released after posting a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport on June 8.