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De Soto Police are seeking charges against a 26-year-old O’Fallon man, who allegedly attempted to pass counterfeit bills at the Casey’s, 1900 N. Main St., in De Soto, and then tried to rob the store. The man reportedly got away with a small amount of stolen items, but was later identified and arrested, De Soto Police Chief Jeff McCreary said.

The incident happened about 3:30 a.m. Nov. 23, when the suspect allegedly tried to use counterfeit bills at the convenience store, but the clerk refused to take them, McCreary said.

Then, the suspect reportedly asked the employee for money and the key to the cash drawer. However, the suspect was scared off when other people entered the store, McCreary said.

He said the clerk reported that the suspect acted like he had a firearm. However, the employee never saw one, McCreary said.

Police officers responded to the store after the clerk pushed a panic button. By the time officers arrived, the man had left with about $41 in items, including candy bars and a flashlight, McCreary said.

He said Festus Police picked up and arrested the suspect on Nov. 27. De Soto Police will seek charges against the man through the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for first-degree robbery. However, as of Tuesday (Dec. 3), the suspect had not been charged, McCreary said.

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