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Police: Pair at Tampa motel had $2,100 in counterfeit bills

Tribune staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 5, 2014 at 10:25 AM

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Police arrested a couple late Tuesday night, accusing them of possessing more than $2,100 in counterfeit bills after they passed some of the bogus money at a service station in East Tampa.

Charged with possession of more than 10 counterfeit bills, forgery, petty theft, obstruction, possession of an instrument for forgery and organized fraud were Katie Lynn Bates, 20, of Medford, Mass., and John M. Farrell, 26, of Tampa.

Bates was additionally charged with criminal mischief and battery on an officer after she kicked out the passenger side of a police cruiser, authorities said.

Both remained in the Hillsborough County Jail. Bail was set at $13,750 for Bates and $9,750 for Farrell.

Police were called to the Sunoco station at 2620 N. 50th St. just after 10 p.m. Tuesday by a clerk who complained that a couple had just passed a fake $10 bill. The officers viewed surveillance video and then went to the nearby Howard Johnson motel, which was where the couple headed after leaving the Sunoco.

At the motel, officers said they watched Farrell and Bates walking around the pool on a live video feed and apprehended Farrell after a short foot chase.

Bates ran to her room, where she was arrested inside. Deputies obtained a search warrant and found $2,130 in phoney bills, police said.

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