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They had counterfeit $100 bills in their car – and kept their receipts, Lincoln police say

Counterfeit $100 bills.
Counterfeit $100 bills. Lincoln Police Department

Two people were arrested in Lincoln Friday after they were found in possession of counterfeit $100 bills, which officers believe were used to make several purchases at Lincoln-area businesses, according to the Lincoln Police Department.

Officers initially made contact with the occupants of a vehicle just after 5 p.m. Friday. Two of the occupants, Mitchell Gladden, 31, of Antelope and Lauren Meyer, 31, of Citrus Heights, were found to be on probation.

Officers discovered "multiple" counterfeit $100 bills in the vehicle, as well as receipts for several recent purchases in Lincoln. Officers said they later matched the serial numbers on the bills used during those purchases to the serial numbers on the counterfeit bills.

Gladden and Meyer were booked at the South Placer jail on charges of possession of counterfeit currency, burglary and conspiracy.

A third occupant in the vehicle, Summer Bienia, 37, of Sacramento was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and credit card numbers, along with names, expiration dates and security codes, police said. Bienia was arrested for those charges and released on citation.

Lincoln police are asking any business owners or employees who recognize the suspects and believe they accepted any currency from them to call them at 916-645-4040.