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Police: Man arrested for using counterfeit bills


Lenoir Police have arrested a man they say was using counterfeit money at a local restaurant.

On June 19, officers received a complaint of a man, later identified as Tommy Edmisten, 58, using counterfeit currency at the FATZ Restaurant on Blowing Rock Road.

Employees told officers that Edmisten had tried to pay for a meal with a fake $100 bill. The officers then interviewed Edmisten, and found he had seven more of the counterfeit bills on him.

Edmisten was arrested and charged with possession of five or more counterfeit instruments and attempting to obtain property by false pretense, as well as an unrelated outstanding warrant from Burke County for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center and placed under a $20,000 bond, pending a first appearance in Lenoir district court scheduled for June 24.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

Anyone with information of counterfeit currency manufacture and distribution is asked to contact the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100 or Lenoir/Caldwell County Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300.

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