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The Little Caesar's Pizza place in Orange called police Sept. 23 after receiving counterfeit currency as payment for a purchase, reports Officer David Vaughn. 

According to a police report written by Vaughn, the officer responded to 2421 16th St. in Orange in reference to the discovery of the fake money. The manager told the officer that a customer had come in and paid with a counterfeit $50 bill. The customer service representative took the bill and provided change to the customer, who then left with food and some of the store's real cash. 

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One of the $100 prop bills now in the possession of BPD.

Beaumont police received six reports from local businesses this week about customers attempting to make purchases using cinematic prop money, all $100 bills, Officer Haley Morrow said.

Possession of prop money is not a crime, since it is clearly labeled “for movie use only,” Morrow explained. However, once someone tries to use the prop money as real cash, “it would be considered forgery, which is a third-degree felony,” she said.

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Groves City Marshal Norman Reynolds has worked in forgeries for 15 years.

Local merchants have reported three counterfeit bills to Groves Police Department so far this year, according to Deputy and Court Coordinator Lauren Edgar’s weekly reports.

The Dairy Queen on 39th Street received one counterfeit $20 bill Jan. 16 and a $50 bill on Jan. 28. The Express Mart Shell convenience store on Pure Atlantic Road received another counterfeit $20 bill on Jan. 29.

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Southeast Texans should be on the alert for missing mail. 

Mail theft associated with one or more counterfeit check-cashing rings is on the rise in the area, according to officers from three local law enforcement entities. The thieves are apparently rifling through people’s mail, stealing checks, banking information and, ultimately, identities.

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Feb. 6, officers in Vidor arrested a suspect they believe has been creating counterfeit checks, reports Chief Rod Carroll. 

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Rhydan Bolton and Kristofer Garcia

UPDATE: Kristofer Garcia, 22, of Beaumont was found guilty of murder in the Jan. 19, 2015 shooting death of Rhydan Bolton, 19, a student at Lamar University. The jury later sentenced Garcia to 60 years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine. 

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Armed with information from concerned citizens and a narcotics search warrant, officers with the Orange Police Department (OPD), Orange County Sheriff's Office, West Orange Police Department and Bridge City Police Department effectively dismantled an apparent counterfeit currency manufacturing operation and confiscated a large amount of methamphetamine at a residence in the 100 block of Amaryllis Street in Orange on Oct. 21, OPD Lt. Jason T.

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A convenience store in Orange turned over a $20 bill and two $10 bills to police June 30 after discovering the currency wasn't real cash, but counterfeit.

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Christopher Drucker

Police in Orange appear to be making progress against counterfeit currency manufacturers and distributors, as evidenced by the May 25 arrest of a suspect they believe is making and passing the bogus bills around the area.

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Saturday, Jan. 9, at 11:46 p.m., police were dispatched to the 4900 block of Avie Lane in Beaumont after four males in a white Yukon were seen attempting to steal a trailer that had an ATV on it. The caller told dispatch that the suspects hooked the trailer up to the suspect vehicle and left.

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