Details of Tuesday’s arrest of two Marshall County men for Counterfeiting have been released.

The issue began on September 1st when a regular customer used 5 counterfeit $10 bills at the Speedway Gas Station at 12908 US 6 in LaPaz to purchased cigarettes and lottery tickets. The employee checked the bills after the customer had left the store and determined they were counterfeit.  Making the discovery the employee notified the manger who contacted the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department.  In the meantime the man returned again to buy a pop and the clerk refused to take his money telling him it was counterfeit.  He appeared to be surprised by the information and the clerk marked the bill he presented which was another counterfeit bill.

Officer Jeff Snyder began an investigation and found the same serial number on all 5 bills.  The employee provided a description and store surveillance was able to capture a picture of the suspect.  Using a crime bulletin to area police agencies the officer circulated the photo and description of the suspect and vehicle on September 2nd.

Bremen Police identified the suspect as Nathan Garner of 117 West 4th Street in Bremen.

On September 12th Officer Snyder met with Garner who said he was out of work and had borrowed money from his girlfriend’s father, Clint Beldon who had given him 6 $10 bills and some twenties.  He said he didn’t know the bills were counterfeit until he tried to purchase a pop at the gas station and the clerk showed him.   He returned that bill to Beldon and said he was upset to learn the money was fake.

Officer Snyder made contact with Clint Beldon of Bourbon who confirmed Garner’s information.  Beldon told the officer he had the cash in a safe and didn’t know how long it had been in it or where it came from.

Marshall County Prosecutor Nelson Chipman found probable cause for the arrest of both men and they were arrested on Tuesday and booked into the Marshall County Jail on $1,500 cash bonds.



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