Police recover $3,500 in counterfeit bills

Published 12:12 pm Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Greenville Police say they have recovered $3,500 in counterfeit money and have charged two men from Macon, Ga. with the crime.
Investigators Corporal Kenneth Hadley and Lieutenant Justin Lovvorn said 35 counterfeit $100 bills were recovered after a tip from USA Travel Center led to two arrests on April 1.
Antonio Kendrick, 30, and Tracy Fry, 45, were arrested and charged with 35 counts of possession of a forged instrument, first degree.
Lovvorn said the men were apprehended after a vehicle matching the description given by the store clerk was located, and the ensuing search revealed $3,200 dollars in counterfeit $100 bills.
“This was a real good catch from the cashier,” Lovvorn said. “These were good-looking fakes.”
The Secret Service has been contacted, Lovvorn said, and the men may still face federal charges.
Authorities also say they have wrapped up several other cases, including a instance of shooting into an occupied vehicle, a robbery and also a copper burglary.
On April 4, police responded to a report of shots fired in an apartment complex parking lot.  Lovvorn reported that officers located a vehicle that matched the description soon after the incident, but the vehicle fled.
“The pursuit had to be called off due to hazardous condidions,” Lovvorn said.
A few days later, however, police were able to produce a photo lineup, leading to two arrests.
Stanley Perdue, 38, and Denorris Perdue, 34, were arrested and charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling and reckless endangerment.
A few days later, on April 10, police responded to Mountainview Drive, where a woman had reported that she had been approached by two subjects, both carrying pistols, who demanded money and the woman’s cell phone.  The suspects fled on foot, but an investigation lead to the arrests of Phillip Ward, 22, and Derrick Rudolph, 23. Both were charged with robbery, first degree.
The final case, Lovvorn said, should serve as a precautionary tale for those still plotting copper thefts.
Police responded to a call of a burglary in progress on Aztec Road on April 22. Upon arriving on the scene, authorities found that the front door had been pried open  on a vacant home and a suspect was still on the scene.
After Cpl. Hadley interviewed the suspect, it was determined that the man may have been responsible for as many as two separate burglaries on Aztec Road. William Cook, 37, was arrested and charged with possession of burglar’s tools and burglary, third degree.
“We are always on the lookout for these types of thefts,” Lovvorn said.
Police Chief Lonzo Ingram commended his officers for a job well done, putting emphasis on the quick response from the patrol division which lead to arrests in the counterfeit case.