An investigation by the Smithville Police Department and U.S. Secret Service agents into reports of counterfeit bills being passed at city businesses, has resulted in the arrest of four people, charged with criminal simulation.
Chief Randy Caplinger said 25 year old Jessica Hubbard, 23 year old Brian Thomason, 35 year old Crystal Turner, and 28 year old Billy Moss were arrested Thursday.
In addition to the U.S. Secret Service agents, the investigation was conducted by Detective Matt Holmes and K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow of the Smithville Police Department.
According to Chief Caplinger, Thomason and Hubbard are charged with passing a counterfeit $20 for a Pizza Hut delivery. The report, filed by Officer Scott Davis on Saturday, November 27th states that Pizza Hut delivered a pizza to 425 Dry Creek Road and received a counterfeit $20 bill for the order.
Thomason and Hubbard are also implicated in an incident at the Discount Tobacco Outlet. According to the report filed by Officer Matt Farmer on November 24th, Thomason allegedly tried to pay for items with a counterfeit bill. The clerk noticed that the bill was not real and pressed the panic alarm. Thomason was accompanied by his girlfriend, Hubbard.
Chief Caplinger said Turner is charged with passing a counterfeit bill at Kwik-N-Ezy. According to the report filed by K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow on December 7th, a female (Turner) came into the store and paid for $5.00 in gas with a $20.00 bill. She received fifteen dollars in change. The $20.00 bill was found to be counterfeit, but by that time Turner had already left the store.
In the case against Moss, Chief Caplinger said he is accused of passing a $100 counterfeit bill at the Wal-mart pharmacy to purchase pseudoephedrine. The report filed by Officer Tatrow on December 6th states that Moss passed the bill at the pharmacy counter and received about $90 in change from the transaction, which was captured on the store's video surveillance system.
Thomason was just arrested by Smithville police last week on seven counts of burglary, one count of felony theft, six counts of misdemeanor theft, and one count of felony vandalism in connection with several recent car burglaries on Whaley and Cill Street.