|Published:||Sep 30, 2013 3:45 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 30, 2013 3:45 PM EDT|
PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- Punta Gorda Police arrested 32 year-old, Tavares Taylor, 34 year-old Audra Lyons, and 21 year-old, Brittany Smith, all from Broward County on Saturday, in reference to passing multiple counterfeit $100 bills at local businesses.
Just after 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, officers responded to PGI Liquors in reference to a female attempting to pass a fake $100 bill. The caller stated that the female fled the store and entered a white Nissan Murano and was driving towards Bealls Outlet.
Upon arrival, officers observed the vehicle in the parking lot directly across from Bealls. Officers made contact with the occupants Audra Lyons and Tavares Taylor. Shortly thereafter, another female in Bealls Outlet departed the store and was identified by police as Brittany Smith. Brittany Smith was positively identified as the female that passed a counterfeit $100 bill in PGI Liquors. Subsequently, officers determined she also passed one in Bealls Outlet.
During a search of the vehicle, officers located a total of 32 counterfeit $100 bills, as well as numerous sales receipts for merchandise that was purchased across the State of Florida. The receipts indicated that a $100 bill was used in each instance.
Also in the vehicle, officers located stolen merchandise as well as marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
All three subjects were arrested and charged with Possession of Counterfeit Bills and Uttering Counterfeit bills and transported to the Charlotte County Jail. Tavares Taylor and Audra Lyons were charged with Possession of Marijuana Less than Twenty Grams. Brittany Smith was held in lieu of $7,500 bond, Audra Lyons was held in lieu of $8,500, and Tavares Taylor was held without bond. Detectives are working with members of the United States Secret Service and additional charges are pending.