PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Two women accused of passing counterfeit bills were arrested Monday thanks to the diligence of a local business.
Police Chief Timothy Hendricks said Chiquita McCollum, of Mississippi, and Shantaysia Brown, of Texas, were arrested during a traffic stop after a business reported receiving a counterfeit bill.
"Denominations, everything from ones to fifties. Some credit cards. Some ID's that are real ID's and fake ID's from different folks. A lot of mail we're finding right now. Most of it appears to be out of Texas," said Chief Tim Hendricks.
Hendricks says it is a "substantial case," and investigators with the U.S. Postal Service and the Secret Service are being called upon to investigate.
"This is an operation where they were kind of going in different directions. We found some checks, through this mail, so we're in the process of sorting out which checks are actual counterfeit. Which are forged. And moving forward also alerting other agencies about potential fraud cases in their jurisdictions," said Hendricks added.
According to the store manager, the two suspects attempted to purchase a prepaid Green Dot card. The clerk working the register thought the money might be fake, but by the time she could notify her manager, the women fled.
Police recovered a 2013 Chrysler 200, which had been reported stolen from Texas. Investigators found bills, credit cards, checks and mail inside of the car.
McCollum, 42, and Brown, 25, are charged with possession of a counterfeit instrument and possession of stolen property. Judge Diane Ladner set their bonds at $300,000.
Hendricks wants to hear from any area merchants who believe they may have been given counterfeit bills recently. Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to call the police department at 228-452-3301 or Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898.