A Grass Valley woman was arrested after she allegedly tried to pay for items with a counterfeit $100 bill, and was linked to a similar incident the week before.
An employee at a pharmacy in the 700 block of Sutton Way called to report trying to detain the woman at about 8:30 p.m. Monday, said Grass Valley Police Sgt. Joe Matteoni.
An officer responded, but the woman had already left after allegedly grabbing items and leaving the store. The employee told officers the counterfeiting was obvious, Matteoni said.
“It was a $5 bill that someone had tried to wash out and change to $100,” he said.
The officer recognized the counterfeit bill as being very similar to one that a woman had tried to pass at a Grass Valley gas station on Jan. 8, Matteoni said. And the woman suspected of trying to pass the bill at the pharmacy, who had been captured in a surveillance video, matched the description of the suspect in the earlier incident.
Officers contacted Brenda Lynn Woodward, 44, at her West Berryhill Drive residence and arrested her on suspicion of possessing forged notes, second-degree burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, shoplifting, and violating probation, as well as an out-of-county warrant. She was being held in county jail without bail.
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