CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - After Crockett PD officers investigated reports of counterfeit money being passed at five different businesses, they executed a search warrant on a man's home Tuesday and found counterfeit money and "other items possibly used in the production of the fake money."
Reginald Lamar Hickman, 38, of Crockett, was arrested and charged with third-degree felony forgery.
According to a press release, over the past two weeks, the Crockett Police Department has taken numerous reports about counterfeit money being passed at businesses in the town. The stores include the Dollar General on North Fourth Street, EZ Stop on West Goliad Street, OK Food Store on South Fourth Street, Supers Shop No. 2 on South Fourth Street, OK Food Store on South Fourth Street, and Crockett Beauty Supply on East Houston.
During the investigation, CPD detectives did interviews and looked at surveillance footage. As a result, they identified Hickman as a suspect and got a warrant to search his home in the 700 block of Polk Avenue.
When the Crockett Police Department served the warrant on Tuesday, Hickman had counterfeit money on him when the officers searched him, the press release stated. The search of the residence turned up more counterfeit bills and "other items that were possibly used in the production of the fake money."
The Crockett Police Department is currently in the process of looking into whether other suspects were involved in passing the counterfeit money, and more charges could be pending.
"We would encourage all business to carefully examine the money they are taking in and use counterfeit detection markers on all large bills to make sure the money is real," the press release stated.
According to the press release, the Secret Service has a Web site, www.secretservice.gov, that explains the security features used in US currency designed to help individuals and merchants identify counterfeit money. This information can be accessed through a link under "Investigations" in a section called "Know Your Money."
"I want to thank Sgt. Vickers and Officer Aquirre and CID division for the work they did on this case," said Chief David Cross with the Crockett Police Department.