Brownwood police responded to a report of an attempt to pass fake money Thursday night and arrested a man on multiple charges.
Clayton Ford, 37, of Brownwood, was booked into the Brown County Jail on charges of forgery of a government instrument, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, jail records state.
Officer James Fuller was en route to the Town and Country store, 601 W. Commerce, at 10:26 p.m. on a report that a man had attempted to pay for gas and beer with a counterfeit $20 bill, a report by Cpl. Kenyon Black states.
Officers learned the suspect had driven away from the store in a pickup with a camper, and Black saw the vehicle on Lakeway. Black stopped the vehicle and found two $20 bills believed to be counterfeit in the driver’s pocket. Officers also found suspected methamphetamine in the vehicle, and the driver said he had marijuana in his shoe, Black’s report states.
A passenger in the vehicle, Donna Reid, 49, of Brownwood, was arrested on a Comanche County theft warrant.
In other incidents:
Police have taken several other reports of counterfeit bills being passed or attempting to be passed at area businesses and banks.
• A woman attempted to cash a fraudulent check for $3,780, which she said was part of a lottery claim, at Ace Cash Express. The woman told Cpl. Richard Williams she had received a letter telling her she had won $185,000. Her instructions were to cash the check and send back $2,800 to pay taxes on her winnings.
Williams told the woman it was one of a recent string of lottery scams.
• Officer Brandon Arnold arrested John Ash Jr., 26, of Brownwood on a charge of drag racing after seeing two vehicles accelerating on Austin Avenue. Arnold concentrated on stopping the faster of the two vehicles.
The driver said he was trying to get away from a vehicle that had cut him off several times. He said he believed he had been traveling 70 mph.
• Someone took a shotgun, a camera and dog training equipment from a vehicle parked in the 2300 block of First.
• Someone took a CD player, speakers and an 800-watt amplifier from a vehicle parked in the 2400 block of Belmeade.