Three Orange County men were arrested Friday after police said they passed counterfeit $100 bills at several locations around San Luis Obispo.
About 8:30 p.m. Thursday, the San Luis Obispo Police Department received a report of multiple suspects passing counterfeit bills to purchase $200 worth of miscellaneous gift cards at Vons on Broad Street.
Later that night, police received another report of men passing counterfeit $100 bills to purchase scratch-off lottery tickets from a Chevron station at 2000 Monterey Street.
Surveillance video at both locations helped police officers determine the suspects were the same men, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo Police Department.
On Friday, the same men allegedly passed two counterfeit $100 bills at Rite Aid on Foothill Boulevard. The store manager obtained a description of the suspects’ vehicle, which police were able to locate a short time later at a motel in San Luis Obispo.
When officers attempted to contact the suspects at their motel room, they began throwing evidence out of the rear window of the room, the release said. All three suspects were arrested and taken into custody without incident.
Jason Mitchell Provence, 44, Nathan Richard Dunhoff, 33, and Tyler James Morris, 23, all of Orange County, were arrested on suspicion of multiple charges, including burglary, possession of counterfeit plates, conspiracy to defraud a person, possession of counterfeit items and passing a fictitious check.
Police recovered evidence of counterfeiting materials, counterfeit manufacturing equipment and merchandise purchased with counterfeit money inside the motel room, the release said.
All three men were booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail and bail was set at $25,000 apiece.