According to Brazil City Police Chief Larry Pierce, Brittany Belcher, 23, Brazil, was taken into custody after allegedly attempting to use three counterfeit $20 bills to purchase a money order at a local grocery store.
"Hopefully, this takes care of the recent problems," Pierce told The Brazil Times Friday morning. "However, we are continuing to investigate the case."
Pierce told The Times there were some weird details involved in the arrest.
After apparently determining the money was fake, Pierce said store employees witnessed Belcher go into a bathroom and allegedly flush what could have been evidence in the case down a toilet before officers could arrive on the scene.
During questioning, Belcher allegedly told officers the money was part of her tip money from her job at the Club Coyote, West Terre Haute.
Belcher was taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center. While being processed on preliminary charges of procurement fraud (passing counterfeit money), jail officers located approximately $300 in counterfeit cash hidden in her person. Belcher was then also charged with possession of counterfeit currency.
Meanwhile, Belcher was allowed to make arrangements for a family member to pick up her car, which was left in the store parking lot. However, a short time later Belcher's family contacted authorities to report the vehicle, which apparently belonged to Belcher's mother, was missing.
Pierce confirmed the vehicle information was logged into a national database for stolen vehicles.
"We are also looking to question Michael Belcher, who is Brittany's father, in this investigation," Pierce said, adding it is believed Michael is traveling home to Florida with an unidentified female companion. "We'd like to talk to him."
Booked in on a $10,000 cash bond (with 10 percent allowed), Belcher bonded out Thursday evening to await formal court proceedings, which will be scheduled according to the court calendar.
On Thursday, Pierce issued a warning to local business owners with drive-thru windows to beef up security measures after counterfeit currency turned up during the past few months. Pierce said counterfeit $20 bills appeared first with $10 bills showing up recently.
"These aren't old bills. They are the newer bills, which are supposed to be unable to copy," Pierce said. "If you take the time to look at them, you can see they are not real."
To report suspected counterfeit currency, information about this case or any other, contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.