PIQUA — A resident of Chicago is facing charges after multiple incidents of passing counterfeit $100 bills occurred throughout Piqua businesses over Friday and Saturday. Keri R. Edwards, 21, is facing two counts of fifth-degree felony forgery.
In Piqua, Edwards was charged in connection with the counterfeit $100 bill reportedly used at Rue 21 on Friday between 5:30-6:30 p.m.
“She was already incarcerated,” Deputy Chief Marty Grove with the Piqua Police Department said. “She admitted her involvement in this particular case.”
There were multiple other incidents of counterfeit bills reported in that area and around that time frame. According to Piqua police reports, those locations and times include:
- Dollar Tree, 1264 E. Ash St., Friday at 4 p.m.
- MC Sporting Goods, 1266 E. Ash St., Friday between 5-6 p.m.
- Jo Ann Fabrics and Crafts, 1256 E. Ash St., Friday between 4-6 p.m.
- Long John Silvers, 1219 E. Ash St., Friday between 4-6 p.m.
- Walmart, 1300 E. Ash St., Friday at 6:47 p.m.
- Arby’s, 1230 E. Ash St., Friday between 5-8 p.m.
On Saturday, there was an incident of a counterfeit bill being passed at Dairy Queen, located at 1288 E. Ash St., at 12:33 p.m.
“We’re working on gathering evidence,” Grove said about the other incidents.
Edwards was also a person of interest in Troy. A counterfeit bill was also passed at the Dollar General on W. Market Street in Troy on Friday afternoon.
“It looked like they had made some other attempts at other stores, but Dollar General is the only place that they passed the counterfeit currency,” Chief of Police Charles Phelps of the Troy Police Department said.
Counterfeit bills are also reportedly being investigated in Sidney, but the Sidney Police Department has not responded to a request for comment.
The Piqua Police Department can be contacted at (937) 778-2027. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 937-615-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.piquaoh.org/police_submitatip.htm for more information.
The Troy Police Department can be contacted at (937) 339-7525, and the Sidney Police Department can be contacted at (937) 498-2351.
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