ELIZABETHTON — Two more counterfeit $100 bills were recently passed in the Hampton community.
Teri Rogers, manager of the Quick Stop, 101 1st Ave., Hampton, told Deputy Ashley McCall of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department that her store received a counterfeit $100 bill sometime between Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. She said Regions Bank notified her of the counterfeit bill after she had made her deposit. The bank provided her with a copy of the counterfeit note report and a photocopy of the counterfeit bill.
Michael Minton told Elizabethton Police Officer Trevor Salyer that a $100 bill had been passed at his saloon and beverage store in Hampton. Minton told Salyer he brought the counterfeit bill to the main branch of Citizens Bank, 300 Broad St., for an “educational” purpose.
Salyer reported that Minton became aggravated when the bank refused to give him back the bill. “He stated to me that the bank had stolen his property,” Salyer said. The officer told Minton that because the bill was counterfeit it had to be taken out of circulation and processed as evidence.
Several counterfeit bills have surfaced in the region in the past few weeks and two men have been arrested in separate investigations. Carl Gregory Bishop, 26, 222 Painter Creek Road, Chuckey, was arrested by the sheriff’s department and charged with 20 counts of criminal simulation after investigators discovered 20 counterfeit bills in a Stoney Creek residence. John Charles Crabtree, 49, 138 Street Road, Hampton, was arrested by the Elizabethton Police Department on one count of criminal simulation after an investigation of a counterfeit bill passed at Holiday Market, 2226 W. G St. last week.