SOUTHINGTON - Two Pennsylvania men have been accused of trying to use counterfeit money at businesses in Southington, Wallingford and Meriden.
Antonio Cora, 27, of Philadelphia, and Nicholas Herne, 34, of Chester, Pa., allegedly passed or tried to pass fake $100 bills at 10 area businesses, eight in Southington.
Police were called at 4:15 p.m. Friday after an employee of Bed Bath & Beyond, at 825 Queen St., had told a man that he could not pay using a $100 bill because the bill was fake. The store manager followed the suspect out and saw him get into a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a New York license plate, police said.
While calling police, the manager followed the vehicle to Buffalo Wild Wings, 750 Queen St. Officers arrived as Cora was leaving the restaurant and returning to the Cherokee, where Herne was sitting. Police said Cora had tried to buy food at the restaurant using a counterfeit bill.
Officers reported finding bags in the vehicle from Petco, Dollar Tree, Chipotle, Mission BBQ, Chick-fil-A and Pet Valu in Southington. Bags from Kohl’s in Wallingford and Gamestop in Meriden were also found.
Police said their investigation led them to believe that Cora and Herne either passed or tried to pass counterfeit money at all of the businesses.
Cora faces two counts each of first-degree forgery, sixth-degree larceny, attempted first-degree forgery and attempted sixth-degree larceny.
Herne faces charges of first-degree forgery, sixth-degree larceny and two counts each of attempted first-degree forgery and sixth-degree larceny.
Both men are being held on $25,000 bond and were expected to be arraigned Monday in Bristol Superior Court.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.