WARSAW — A North Webster man was arrested on charges of counterfeiting when he used fake money at a local yard sale.
Bradley Ray Slone, 29, 208 S. Harrison St., North Webster, is being charged with one count of counterfeiting, a level 6 felony.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Aug. 1, a North Webster Police Officer responded to a report of two males paying with counterfeit money at a yard sale.
The officer arrived and spoke with a woman who advised she was having a yard sale that Bradley Slone and another male came to. Slone and the other male purchased items at the sale. The other male paid the woman two $20 bills and Slone paid for one $5 bill. The woman gave the bills to the officer who immediately knew the bills were counterfeit.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the woman advised when she received the bills, she immediately knew they were counterfeit because the paper did not feel right and the color was suspect. She took the bills to New Market Grocery, where they marked the bills with a security pen that indicated the bills were counterfeit
According to the affidavit of probable cause, she advised she told Slone the bills were counterfeit and requested her merchandise be returned. Slone returned the merchandise, but she kept the counterfeit money. The officer observed the bills and easily determined the bills were counterfeit by the color of the bills, edges of bills and the irregular paper.
An officer spoke with a witness who advised she was at the yard sale and had observed Slone and the other male pay with what appeared to be counterfeit bills.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, an officer spoke with Slone, who admitted he had been with another male and female at the yard sale. He said he gave the male two $20 bills. He admitted to paying with a $5 bill for merchandise at a yard sale.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Slone gave three contradicting stories for how he obtained the counterfeit money. He claimed he received the money at a different garage sale. He claimed it could have come from his paycheck being mailed to another employees who gave the money to him. He also stated his employer placed the money in an envelope outside the officer building where Slone works for Slone to pick up.
Slone was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on Sept. 29, with a bond of $5,250.