WTAJ-TV/Radio: ALTOONA, PA. At least two people from Altoona have been arrested after police say they passed counterfeit $100 bills to employees at many Sheetz locations and even to pizza delivery drivers.
Court filings state that 26-year-old Emonee Peterson and 28-year-old Myesha Denise Robinson passed the counterfeit money between November and January at several Sheetz locations.
According to the criminal complaint, Peterson and Robinson would visit multiple Sheetz locations, each time purchasing a few things costing between $10 and $15 before paying with a counterfeit $100 bill and keeping the actual money change.
Police in Altoona say the suspects used the counterfeit bills to order pizza on at least two separate occasions, keeping the real change for themselves.
An observant pizza deliveryman reportedly tipped off authorities after delivering to a house on the 1100 block of 4th Avenue.
When police arrived, they reportedly saw the identical red Chevy Cruze with the matching licence plate that had been seen on surveillance tape from the many Sheetz convenience outlets the suspects had been. Three $100 dollars were reportedly seen to the authorities inside the vehicle.
Robinson, who police say acknowledged to using counterfeit money to collect real money back as change while in the company of Peterson, was interrogated by investigators.
Based on the criminal complaint, it appears that authorities believe the pair has committed these acts over the entirety of Blair County.
Lionel Adams Jr., 38, of Philadelphia was also charged and is currently awaiting a preliminary hearing, according to the criminal complaint filed by police.
In 2016 and 2019, Peterson pled guilty to retail theft charges, thus he clearly has a history of committing such crimes.
Peterson and Robinson both ended up in the Blair County Jail after failing to post their respective bails of $50,000 and $25,000.