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Westport Police: Three Men Tried To Use Fake $100 Bills

WESTPORT, Conn. — Three out-of-state men were arrested by Westport police Saturday and charged with forgery after someone tried using a fake $100 bill at Olympia Sports, police say.

Shortly before 3:30 p.m., police received a call from an employee at the store — located at 403 Post Road E. — reporting that a man was trying to pay for merchandise with what appeared to be a counterfeit $100 bill, the police report says. When the employee refused to accept the cash, the suspect left the $100 bill and fled the store, the report says.

The employee provided police with a description of the suspect and of the vehicle he left in, police say. A short time later, Officer Thomas Casimiro spotted the vehicle on Compo Road North, police say. The vehicle was stopped, and the three male occupants inside were detained, police say.

In addition to Olympia Sports, officers determined the suspects had tried to use counterfeit bills at CVS, police say.

The suspects were identified as Carlos Feliciano, 27, of New York; Pedro Diaz, 38, of New York; and Jorge Chaves–Vargas, 37, of Maryland. Each was held on $50,000 bond and charged with first-degree forgery; conspiracy to commit first-degree forgery; criminal attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny; and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny. This incident was still under investigation. The Westport Police Department was working closely with the U.S. Secret Service to develop information on the suspects’ criminal activities, police say.

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