Two teenage women from New York were arrested Thursday night for trying to pass a counterfeit $100 at Pet Supplies Plus in Westport, police said.
At about 8:15p.m., Westport police received a complaint from the manager at the 1870 Post Road E. store that two women, later identified as Alexandra Bahamon and Emillyne Dakota Montes, attempted to use a counterfeit $100 bill and fled the store. The manager told police that Bahamon, 18, and Montes, 19, drove toward Fairfield in a red Mazda, Lt. Arthur Belile said in a statement.
An officer spotted and stopped the Mazda. The store manager was driven to the scene and positively identified both women, prompting a search of the car. A shopping bag containing merchandise from Home Goods, at 1850 Post Road E., was found and an officer confirmed the items were purchased with a $100 bill. The bill was examined and was determined to be counterfeit as well.
More counterfeit $100 bills were found in the car along with bundles of change made by making inexpensive purchases with the counterfeit bills. A total of 34 counterfeit $100 bills were confiscated. The Westport Police Department is working with the U.S. Secret Service to develop information on Montes and Bahamon's criminal activities.
Both women were charged with 34 counts of first-degree forgery, sixth-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, sixth-degree larceny and sixth-degree criminal attempt at larceny. Both were held on $25,000 bond and were due in court Dec. 13.
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