Police nab man alleged to have passed counterfeit bills in town 12/9/2014

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Police nab man alleged to have passed counterfeit bills in town

By John Howell
Batesville police have charged Billy Middleton, 49, under a state counterfeiting law, alleging that he attempted to pass four counterfeit $10 bills at Piggly Wiggly on Friday.

While police were investigating the attempt to pass the fake bills at the grocery store, BPD Sgt. Michael Hardin found another at the Family Dollar Store next door, Patrolman Greg Jones reported states.

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Middleton was first taken into custody on a contempt of court warrant. When he was searched, officers found 11 more counterfeit $10 bills, giving them 16 counterfeit bills to seize as evidence, according to the report.

Further investigation by Sgt. Justin Maples revealed that earlier on Friday Middleton had also allegedly attempted to pass a fake bill at Discount Liquor.

Police discovered vandalism Sunday morning on Oakleigh Drive after one victim called and reported that eggs had been thrown at his vehicle and driveway the night before.

Oakleigh Drive is a street in the Keating Grove subdivision.

Patrolman Bill Furniss, who investigated the vandalism complain, also observed several other cars parked at homes on the street that had been hit with eggs, according to his report.