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Police: Man passed counterfeit cash

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Stantonsburg police released this evidence photo of counterfeit $20 bills seized in an investigation that began at the town's Dollar General store.
Stantonsburg police released this evidence photo of counterfeit $20 bills seized in an investigation that began at the town's Dollar General store.
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STANTONSBURG — Police say a man was caught with counterfeit cash after trying to pay for his purchases at Dollar General with a phony $20 bill.

Stantonsburg Police Chief Orlando Rosario said he responded to the 219 Moyton Ave. store on Wednesday when a man later identified as 59-year-old Jerry K. Rowe of Wayne County tried to pass the funny money.

Rosario said Officer José Rivera interviewed Rowe at the police station. An evidence photo shared on the police department’s Facebook page indicates police seized a dozen counterfeit $20 bills, or the equivalent of $240.

“I want to personally thank the Dollar General staff for a quick eye in catching this,” Rosario wrote on Facebook. “Great job to Officer Rivera for a very thorough investigation that has spilled over county lines. Counterfeit currency is a plague that affects us all.”

Rowe was charged with two felony counts of possession of counterfeit currency and one count each of felony use of counterfeit bills and obtaining property by false pretense. He was booked into the Wilson County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond.

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