JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The money may have been fake, but the charges three people face are very real.
Jonesboro police arrested Barry Lee Young, 39, of Memphis; Jamie Wade Honshell, 42, of West Memphis; and Corinne E. Loo, 32, of Millington, TN, on suspicion of first-degree forgery.
Tuesday evening Officer Keith Baggett responded to a call at Walmart, 1815 E. Highland, regarding two men trying to pass counterfeit money.
According to the store's loss prevention agent, the suspects spent about an hour in the store then attempted to check out.
The store stopped the transaction, according to the report, after the suspects gave the cashier two $100 bills that turned out to be fake.
The three suspects then left the store and drove to Kmart, 2010 S. Caraway, in a blue Dodge Caravan with the agent and another Walmart employee following them.
Once the suspects arrived at the store and went inside, the agent called the police.
Baggett arrived at the location and called for backup, then watched as two of the suspects walked out separately and placed bags of merchandise in the van.
As Young was walking toward Kentucky Fried Chicken, Baggett stopped him.
Baggett noted in his report that Young held "a roll of bills in his right hand."
When told why he was stopped, Baggett said Young "denied trying to pass the fake money and then attempted to hand me a $100 dollar bill."
Baggett took the roll of bills, noting that one of the $100 bills and three of the $50 bills were fake.
According to the report, when Baggett looked inside the Caravan he saw several bags containing merchandise from several different stores.
While checking through the van, officers found numerous receipts from stores in Collierville, Germantown, Olive Branch, and West Memphis.
Officers also found receipts from such Jonesboro stores as Walmart, Target, Kmart, Lowe's, Hobby Lobby, and Academy Sports.
Police contacted all of the stores and verified they knew about the subjects.
While investigating Baggett stated he learned Paragould police were investigating a similar case of counterfeit bills.
Officers then took photos of all of the merchandise inside the van and logged them into evidence.
Merchandise purchased using the fake money was returned to the respective stores, the report stated.
In all, officers reportedly seized $950 in counterfeit money from all three suspects.
The suspects are being held in the Craighead County Detention Center awaiting a probable cause hearing.
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