A man using a large amount of counterfeit money was stopped in his tracks when he attempted to use the fake bill at a convienence store in Kountze.
Corporal Randy Erwin of the Kountze Police Department responded to a call April 1 in reference to a suspect attempting to pay for items at a local convienence store with counterfeit bills.
According to Erwin, the clerk advised him that the suspect, later identified as Danny Cooper of Kountze, was using $100 bills that appeared to be counterfeit. The clerk advised Cooper that he believed the bills to be fake and that he was calling the police department.
Cooper then attempted to flee the scene on foot and in the process, dropped seven $100 bills. Upon closer inspection of the money, it was determined that each bill carried the exact same serial number. Erwin, together with other KPD officers, retrieved the video from the store's security system and were able to identify Cooper. Officers traveled to Cooper's home where the arrest was made.
Cooper was escorted back to the convenience store where the store clerk was able to identify him also. After being identified, Cooper was booked into the Hardin County Jail and once all booking had completed, officers were able to link Cooper to a similar incident the previous day, where he used a counterfeit bill to pay for an item and received $80 back in change.
Cooper was then booked into the Hardin County Jail where he was arraigned on forgery charges. Justice of the Peace TJ Hall set Cooper's bond at $2,500.
As of press time, Cooper remains in the Hardin County Jail.
Chief Paul Darks and the officers of the Kountze Police Department are continuing to work with the Criminal Investigation Division and other outside agencies to combat counterfeit rings and ensure the public's safety.