Two Pennsylvania men faces charges after Southington police said they used counterfeit bills to make purchases at stores in Southington, Meriden and Wallingford on Friday.
Antonio Cora, 27, of Philadelphia, and Nicholas Herne, 34, of Chester, Pennsylvania, were charged with first-degree forgery, two counts of criminal attempt to commit first-degree forgery, sixth-degree larceny and two counts of criminal attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny.
Both were arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Monday and held on $50,000 bond each. They are due to appear in court again on Oct. 5
On Friday about 5 p.m., police were notified that a man attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at Bed Bath and Beyond, 825 Queen St., Southington. When the man left the store and drove off in an SUV, a store manager followed the car to Buffalo Wild Wings, 750 Queen St., and provided a description of the vehicle to police, said Lt. Stephen Elliott.
Officers arrived at Buffalo Wild Wings and witnessed a man, later identified as Cora, leave and return to an SUV matching the description, occupied by a man later identified as Herne, Elliott said. Police determined Cora unsuccessfully attempted to purchase food at the restaurant with a counterfeit $100 bill.
Further investigation revealed Cora and Herne used counterfeit $100 bills to make purchases from area stores and restaurants. Police found bags from Petco, Chipotle and Dollar Tree in Southington, as well as Kohl’s in Wallingford and Gamestop in Meriden. Elliott said employees from the stores identified the men as customers from that day.
Counterfeit bills were seized as evidence and the Secret Service was notified of the incident.