A 36-year-old Hiawatha, Kansas man was arrested Saturday evening after allegedly using counterfeit $20 bills at several Falls City businesses.
According to Falls City Assistant Police Chief Jamie Baker, Andrew Lear was arrested at Shopko in Falls City after FCPD Sergeant Sean Nolte and Officer Charles DiGiacomo responded to a call shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday at Sapp Brothers where one of the alleged fake $20 bills was used. Nolte and DiGiacomo examined the bill and determined it was counterfeit. A description of the suspect’s vehicle was provided to the officers, who later located the vehicle and Lear at Shopko where he was apprehended.
Baker said a subsequent investigation revealed purchases were made at seven businesses and described the total dollar amount spent as “substantial.”
Baker said the FCPD contacted the Secret Service Agency in Omaha and learned that recently there has been quite a bit of this activity in the area. Baker and Chief Duane Armbruster reminded anyone who handles money and suspects it to be counterfeit to contact authorities immediately. Baker and Armbruster urged those same people to be aware and if possible, to try and get detailed descriptions of the person or persons passing the fake bills, items purchased, license plate numbers and the make and model of the vehicle used.