Blotter: Man tries to pay for drink, gas with counterfeit bill

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A suspicious convenience store clerk called police in the early-morning hours Monday after a man tried to pay with an obviously counterfeit $10 bill.

The man came into the store about 1:30 a.m. with two other people the clerk recognized as having caused trouble in the store on other occasions. The man picked up a soft drink and said he wanted to pay for $5 worth of gasoline.

The other two left. The man handed over the bill, which bore little resemblance to real currency.

Arriving officers found the suspect still in the store. He said he had no idea the bill was counterfeit and said he waited in the store after the clerk said he was calling police because he wanted to clear things up.

He said he obtained the money from an ATM machine.

The officer didn’t believe the man could have mistaken the bill for real money and took him to jail on a charge of forgery.


Other reports

100 block of East Oak Street — A pizza delivery woman reported early Monday that someone burglarized her car while she was delivering a pizza.

She said she parked in the parking lot of a closed business next to the house. No one came to the door when she knocked, and when she returned to her car, someone had taken her IPod, her cellphone and some credit cards.

200 block of Inman Street — A man reported Saturday that he spent the night away from his apartment Friday. He returned about 2 p.m. Saturday, and saw that his roommates were still in their rooms asleep. His door was still locked but his television set was missing, according to the report.

500 block of Carroll Boulevard — A woman reported Saturday morning that someone vandalized her pickup truck while it was parked in front of her house.

Both door handles were broken off, she said. Her remote control would unlock the door but she couldn’t get it open.



From 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday:

•  Denton police handled 715 service and officer-initiated calls including one report of criminal mischief, one report of harassment, one burglary, one assault, four thefts, one burglary of a coin operated machine, one vehicle burglary, one forgery and one case of possession of marijuana.

•  Denton County Sheriff’s dispatchers took 1,063 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Eighty-four people were booked into county jail. Deputies took reports of one domestic disturbance, three burglaries, two cases of fraud, two reports of criminal mischief, one suspicious person, one case of resisting arrest, one case of evading arrest, one theft, one report of debit card abuse and three assaults.

•  Denton firefighters responded to 46 medical calls, six traffic accidents, six requests to assist an invalid, two Dumpster fires, one gas spill, one request for public service, one electrical fire, one brush fire, one smoke investigation and one structure fire.

Argyle firefighters responded to one illegal burn and one medical call.

Aubrey firefighters responded to nine medical calls, one illegal burn, one odor investigation, one suicide attempt, two traffic accidents and two requests to unlock a vehicle.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to one alarm, one traffic accident, one water main break, five medical calls, two illegal burns and one suicide attempt.

Krum firefighters responded to one medical call.

Oak Point firefighters responded to one traffic accident.

Ponder firefighters responded to one medical call.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to seven medical calls and one illegal burn.

Sanger firefighters responded to four medical calls and one request to assist a citizen.

DONNA FIELDER can be reached at 940-566-6885. Her e-mail address is  


Denton County Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in these or other crimes. Callers will remain anonymous. Call 1-800-388-TIPS (8477). Reach the Denton police narcotics tip line at 940-565-5801.


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