A 36-year-old Eureka woman was arrested when she allegedly was found with two counterfeit $100 bills after using a different fake bill to purchase a bicycle, Eureka Police reported.
Police were called at 11:51 a.m. Aug. 3 to Earthbound Recycling, 25 Truitt Drive, after an employee identified a $100 bill as fake. The employee said the woman, who is frequent customer, had bought a bike for $5.46 with the counterfeit bill, police reported.
The transaction was recorded on video surveillance, and the officer spotted the bike at the Circle K gas station, 100 Old Towne Drive. The woman was inside the convenience store, and when asked about the bike, she said she had recently purchased it from the recycling center using a $100 bill. She told the officer she did not have any more $100 bills, and she had spent $22 of the $94.54 she got back in change at the gas station, the report said.
The woman was arrested, and when she was searched, the officer allegedly discovered she had two $100 bills that had the same serial number as the one identified as counterfeit at the recycling center, according to the report.
She was taken to the Police Station, where she was booked and later released pending application for warrants. Eureka Police will seek a charge against the woman through the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for possessing counterfeit bills. The case also was forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service, Capt. David Wilson said.