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Married couple accused of selling counterfeit Louisville Zoo passes

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Christopher Bayens (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Christopher Bayens (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Amanda Bayens (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Amanda Bayens (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A husband and wife were arrested Saturday morning after police say they were caught selling counterfeit Louisville Zoo passes.

It happened at 11 a.m. on July 5.

Police say 30-year-old Christopher Bayens and 30-year-old Amanda Bayens were apprehended in the parking lot of the Zoo, after zoo employees noticed that patrons were trying to use the counterfeit passes to get into the Zoo. According to arrest reports, the couple had at least 53 sheets of passes in their possession, with each sheet worth $42.90 -- for a total of $2,273.70 in passes.

Police say they were selling the $42.90 sheets for $10 apiece. A guest at the zoo noticed the couple and alerted admissions, who called police.


"We're sending a letter to our members, those family plus members who still have those sheets, asking them to bring them in on their next visit and we'll exchange it for a bar-coded pass," said Kyle Shepherd, the media relations manager at the Louisville Zoo.


The Zoo is moving all of their tickets and passes to a bar-code system, hoping this does not happen again.


Shepherd said, "Our customers are loyal, they know the value that they get and we're here to serve them. I think they understand that and we won't have any more problems with it."

The Zoo lost at least $95.70 from counterfeit admissions coupons that had already been redeemed, according to police.

Both suspects were arrested and charged with theft by deception and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

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