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Police: Man tries to get rid of counterfeit bills by eating them

Robert Lyle Guthrie Robert Lyle Guthrie
COPPERAS COVE, TX (KXXV) - A 42-year-old man is facing charges of forgery of U.S. currency and tampering with evidence after police got a call about counterfeit money being used at a Copperas Cove store.

Robert Lyle Guthrie was arrested on two counts of forgery and one count of tampering with evidence after trying to destroy some of the counterfeit money by sticking it in his mouth.

Police were called to the Dollar General store, located in the 200 block of Cove Terrace Shopping Center, when a clerk discovered that a $10 bill used to buy a pair of gloves was fake.

The suspect was spotted entering the bathroom of a nearby business. Officers took him into custody, and as they were putting the man in handcuffs, they noticed something in his mouth. Officers ordered him to open his mouth and found three $5 bills and two $1 bills.

Police determined that two of the five bills were counterfeit. The bills had the same serial number, no security strip and the ink was fading.

Officers checked plastic bags the suspect had with him and found a pair of Levi jeans and a receipt from The Army Store, which was located in the same shopping center as the Dollar General. Officers checked the store and found a counterfeit $20 bill there.

Guthrie was arrested on two counts of forgery and tampering with evidence for trying to destroy the remaining money by chewing it.
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