BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- They were spending money like there was no tomorrow but the spending spree got two Kentucky men in trouble with Bardstown Police and U.S. Secret Service.

Police said Richard Conner and Anthony Fenwick passed counterfeit $100 dollar bills at least 15 Bardstown businesses. 

Daddy Yo's frozen desserts was one of them. It is known for its sweet treats, but nothing too expensive. Nothing that would break the bank.

"Well, a gentleman came in and he was asking about our product," said Emily Gibbs, Daddy Yo's General Manager.

That's why employees were surprised when a customer tried to pay with a large bill.

"He got a yogurt, brought it up to the counter and tried to pay for it with a hundred dollar bill. We mark all of our large bills here," Gibbs said.

Gibbs said the red flags went up as soon as her employee marked the bill.

"It didn't pass the counterfeit test so she told him she couldn't accept it so he gave her a five, she marked the five because the hundred was fake and the five was actually fake as well," he explained.

After turning the suspect away, the clerk got out her phone, followed him to the parking lot, look for his next stop and then contacted police.

"The guy walked out and then she saw another one run out and then they hopped in a car. What actually caught them was she got a good description of their vehicle," Gibbs said.

"Officers located the vehicle exiting Kentucky home square, as they arrived in the area," said Captain Tom Roby, with Bardstown Police.

Police said inside the car, they found Conner and Fenwick and a lot of paper.

"Officers recovered from the vehicle approximately 20 counterfeit 100 dollar bills," Roby said.

Police said the suspects passed the fake money at several businesses like Zaxby's, Wendy's and The Dollar Tree.

"They got an admission from one of the individuals that they, yes, had been passing some fake money," said Roby.

"I'm very thankful that she was here and that she did that," said Gibbs.

Gibbs is happy her employee's action led to the arrests but she said there will still be changes just in case.

"We're checking everything -- even ones -- we're checking it all."

The secret service is working with Bardstown detectives because it involves U. S. currency.

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