An Albany man suspected of passing forged $20 bills at Abby’s Legendary Pizza and Cooper’s Deli was arrested on Saturday night — and found in possession of 43 additional counterfeit bills, according to police.
Andre William Dreams, 31, was charged in Linn County Circuit Court on Monday with two counts of first-degree forgery, first-degree possession of a forged instrument, possession of methamphetamine, giving false information to a police officer and two counts of third-degree theft.
His bail was set at $15,000, and Keith Rohrbaugh was appointed his attorney.
Dreams is next set to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. July 29.
Kacey Jeanette Utzman, 32, of Albany also was cited for conspiracy to commit forgery in the case.
Albany police Detective Lt. Brad Liles said counterfeiting cases pop up every now and then.
“We don’t see a great number of them, but when you do see them, it can be two or three locations at a time,” he added.
“Sometimes you’ll have them mix (counterfeit money) in with a gas station purchase, places where you give the money and go,” Liles said.
On 10:10 p.m. Friday, Abby’s Legendary Pizza, 3033 Santiam Highway S.E., called police regarding a man who exchanged two counterfeit $20 bills for eight $5 bills.
Cooper’s Deli, 1917 Pacific Boulevard S.E., had a similar report from 11:20 p.m. Friday, but a woman quickly drove the suspect away as the clerk realized the bills were fake.
The clerk got a vehicle license plate number, however.
Officers responded to the reports on Saturday, and realized their cases were connected.
At about 10 p.m. Saturday, police responded to the address of the registered owner of the vehicle, in the 2900 block of N.W. Gibson Hill Road.
Utzman and Dreams arrived in the car seen at Cooper’s.
During the investigation of the case, Dreams gave his name as Arthur Dreams.
Dreams also had three failure to appear bench warrants, two for first-degree forgery cases.