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Clifton PD: 3 arrested in connection with passing of counterfeit money

Posted at 11:27 AM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 12:35:02-04

CLIFTON, TX — Clifton police say three suspects have been arrested and another suspect is expected to be arrested soon in connection with the passing of counterfeit money at a local business.

On Sunday, Aug. 11, police said two men entered the Ranglers Convenience store and made purchases using counterfeit one hundred dollar bills.

After investigating, police say they identified one of the suspects as Derek Brons of Waxahachie, TX. During the early afternoon on Monday, officers located Brons at a home in Waxahachie. He was taken into custody without incident, said officials. While at the home, officers said they were also able to gain identifiers on the second male suspect, Brandon Counts.

Officials say they later learned Counts had already been arrested a few days earlier by Waxahachie PD for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The vehicle was identified as the same one suspects traveled to Clifton in. Counts is in custody in Ellis County, said police.

A female suspect who drove the male suspects to Clifton to commit the offense was also identified, and a warrant has been issued for her with an arrest expected soon, said police.

Officials also found evidence linking Wendy Jewell, the convenience store clerk, to the crime. Jewell was located and taken into custody later the same evening in Clifton, said officials.

The three suspects taken into custody are charged with Forgery of a Government Document / National Instrument / Money / Security, 2nd Degree Felony.