July 16, 2019
Lincolnton, NC – Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people after receiving a report of counterfeit currency being passed at businesses in eastern Lincoln County on July 15, 2019.
Deputies were dispatched to Advanced Auto Parts at N NC 16 Business Highway reference to an individual attempting to use the counterfeit currency to purchase products from the store. The caller told the Lincoln County Communications Center the individual had just left the store in gold in color vehicle and provided a license plate number for the vehicle.
While traveling to Advance Auto Deputy C. Palin observed the vehicle parked near O’Reilly’s Auto Parts. Deputy Palin entered the store and observed an individual speaking with an employee. Another employee came from the back of the store and informed the officer that the individual had passed a counterfeit $100 bill. The clerk stated the fake $100 bill that was used tested real using a counterfeit detecting pen.
The person passing the fake money then left the store followed by the deputy. The officer tried to stop the individual but he jumped into his vehicle and left toward the exit of the parking lot. The deputy activated his emergency equipment as he followed the suspect vehicle. At the exit the driver backed his vehicle toward the patrol car but slammed into the curb next to the patrol car. Back up arrived on the scene and officers placed the driver and a passenger in the vehicle under arrest.
A search of the vehicle turned up 1 and a half grams of marijuana, digital scales and twenty-seven counterfeit $100 bills, all with the same serial number. Also found was a bag from O’Reilly’s Auto Parts containing a receipt with a purchase made with a $100 bill. They also discovered another bag from Publix with a purchase made with a $100 bill.
Christopher Alexander Jones, 24, of Termini Drive, Charlotte, NC was charged with one felony count of possession of more than five counterfeit instruments, two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, one felony count of attempting to obtain property by false pretenses and one felony count of conspiracy. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and resist, delay and obstruct a public officer. Jones was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond.
Rashee Darzell Massey, 23, also of Termini Drive, Charlotte, NC was charged with one felony count each of possession of more than five counterfeit instruments and conspiracy. He is jailed under a $7,000 secured bond.