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Paso police arrest couple accused of using fake money — and there’s one more suspect

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Paso Robles police on Thursday arrested a couple suspected of creating and using counterfeit money at area stores, following a week-long search for suspects.

Officers took Ryan McGovran, 25, and Devyn Harmon, 27, into custody at their motorhome, according to a Paso Robles Police Department Facebook post.

McGovran was arrested on suspicion of a probation violation and passing or making a fictitious check, according to San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office custody records.

Harmon was arrested on suspicion of a probation violation, drug offenses, passing or making a fictitious check and possessing or receiving counterfeit items.

McGovran is being held in the San Luis Obispo County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail, and Harmon is being held in lieu of $82,000 bail. Both were still in custody as of 12:30 p.m. Friday.

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Ryan McGovran, left, and Devyn Harmon were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of using counterfeit money to buy things at stores around Paso Robles. San Luis Obispo County Jail

Still searching for a suspect

Police have been searching for suspects in multiple counterfeit cases since May 6, when an unknown man used a $100 bill to pay for a pair of socks at Alliance Board Co. on Park Street, according to a police department news release.

The man received change for the transaction, and store employees later discovered the bill was fraudulent. Police now believe McGovran was the suspect in that case.

Police also suspect a different man used a counterfeit $100 bill to purchase a gift card at a business at 1222 Spring Street.

With help from the public, investigators identified him as Brandon Vinnedge, 41, of San Luis Obispo County, according to a police department Facebook post.

Vinnedge and McGovran are suspects in two additional cases involving the use of counterfeit $100 bills at NAPA Auto Parts and Dollar General.

Police believe Vinnedge may have left the area after they asked for help identifying him.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is encouraged to call police dispatch at 805-237-6464.

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Lindsey Holden writes about housing and everything in between for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. She also covers communities in northern San Luis Obispo County. Lindsey became a staff writer in 2016 after working for the Rockford Register Star in Illinois. She’s a native Californian raised in the Midwest and is a proud graduate of two Chicago schools: DePaul University and Northwestern University.
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