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POLICE: Pair used counterfeit bills to shop at Mall St. Matthews

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Terrance Brown, Latanya Turner (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Terrance Brown, Latanya Turner (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Police in St. Matthews have arrested two people who they say spent counterfeit money inside the Mall St. Matthews.

Terrance Brown, 45, and Latanya Turner, 43, who are both Louisville residents, were arrested by police Tuesday afternoon at the Mall St. Matthews. Officials state that Brown and Turner used several hundred dollars in counterfeit money at multiple stores inside the mall.

"What they were doing was they would buy a small item, an item of not much value, $8 or $10 and then receive $90 in return in change," said Dennis McDonald, St. Matthews Police.

Police records indicate that Brown and Turner had a total of nine counterfeit $100 bills and two counterfeit $50 bills in their possession.

Police say they responded after being told the pair had used counterfeit money inside several stores in the mall. Investigators spoke with mall security to find out where the two had shopped.

Authorities approached Brown and Turner as they were coming out of a store carrying shopping bags. Police instructed them to stop and sit on a bench in the mall's lobby. Police say another unidentified woman came up to the group and that Brown reached into his jacket, pulled out an envelope and stated, "Let me give my wife the money."

Officers tried to intercept the money as the woman reached for the envelope. Investigators say Brown then jumped up from the bench and shoved the police officer and ran away, still holding onto the counterfeit money, and that he dropped one of the fake bills as he ran.

Brown dropped more fake bills in the mall's parking lot, but it was later recovered by mall security.

It's unclear what the suspects were buying with the fake money but police say they hope to return all of it to the stores.

"Immediately that merchandise was confiscated and it's our business to make sure it gets back to the merchant and we're in the process of doing that now," said McDonald.

Brown is charged with 10 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, and one count each of assault, fleeing from police and tampering with physical evidence. Turner is charged with one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

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