LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police have arrested a man accused of passing 100-dollar bills at two Lufkin businesses.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, an officer took a report at Logan's Roadhouse, located at 4201 S. Medford Drive, on December 2, after a waitress reported two men paid their bill with a $100 bill. The bill was checked in the usual manner by marking it with a yellow anti-counterfeit pen. It passed that test, but had a different feel.
The bill did not have the security strips and the watermark on the right side was of Abraham Lincoln, not Benjamin Franklin.
The waitress reported seeing the men driving toward Best Buy in a 1999 Mazda 626, and she was able to identify the license plate.
Later that day, the same officer took a report at Cato's Department store to take another case of a report of counterfeit money. A Lufkin Mall security guard saw the suspect leave the store in the same Mazda.
A Lufkin Police detective learned of counterfeit bills being passed in Livingston, and that the suspects were using the same Mazda, which had a registered address in Cleveland, Texas. Police with Lufkin, Livingston and Cleveland searched the suspect's residence and the car and identified one of the suspects as Jerry Lance Durdin, 26.
Detectives were able to seize several items which were purchased in Lufkin, in addition to counterfeit bills.
Logan's and Cato's employees were also able to identify Durdin in photo lineups.
Police obtained a warrant for Durdin's arrest on December 8. He was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Thursday on a charge of forgery. His bail bond has not yet been set.