Three women who police say went on a spending spree with counterfeit $100 bills were taken into custody Thursday on Black Rock Turnpike.

Police were first alerted to the phony money by the manager at the Vitamin Shoppe, 2183 Black Rock Turnpike. She said her clerk took the $100 bill for an $8.75 purchase. After giving the customer the proper change, the clerk brought the bill to the manager's attention because he said it didn't feel right. The same woman, who had pink hair, had also made a purchase at the Old Navy on Black Rock Turnpike, police said.

A gray Lexus with New York plates was seen turning onto Stillson Road, and a woman in the car matched the description, police said. The car was stopped near Fairfield University.

In the vehicle were Tiffany Butterfield, 18, from Bronx, N.Y.; Deja Na Medley, 18, of Binghamton, N.Y., and a 17-year-old juvenile from New York City.

Police said Butterfield and the juvenile both had nine more counterfeit $100 bills hidden in their pants. The juvenile told police they had purchased the counterfeits for $30.

The trio also used the bills at the nearby Paper Store, ShopRite and Carter's, and also tried to use on at Pier 1 Imports but were turned away.

Butterfield was charged with five counts of first-degree forgery, four counts of sixth-degree larceny and one count each of criminal attempt to commit sxith-degree larceny and criminal attempt to commit first-degree forgery.

Medley was charged with one count each of sixth-degree larceny and first-degree forgery, while the juvenile was charged with first-degree forgery.

All three were released on a promise to appear in court. Butterfield and Medley are scheduled to appear April 21 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport, and the juvenile is scheduled for juvenile court on April 22.

The Secret Service was contacted regarding the counterfeit money.