Ridgefield police arrest Bronx teen in counterfeit money case

A 16-year-old Bronx boy was charged with five counts of forgery in the first degree and five counts of larceny in the sixth degree at Ridgefield police headquarters Thursday, Feb. 22.

Police said the teenage suspect had committed a series of larcenies at stores in town using counterfeit $100 bills.

Due to the suspect’s age, police did not release the alleged forger’s identity to the public.

Police say the youth was caught on a store’s surveillance camera, allowing the department’s detective division to identify and locate him with the help of nearby police departments that also experienced similar crimes.

On Jan. 8, police released a surveillance photo of a male youth who they said was a person of interest in the investigation.

He is due to appear in Bridgeport Juvenile Court on Monday, March 12.

Police said in January that five separate businesses in town reported they were hit with counterfeit bills on Jan. 5. Businesses on Main Street, Governor Street, Bailey Avenue and Catoonah Street all reported that someone made a purchase of items totaling $30 or less, and paid using the counterfeit $100 bills passed off as genuine. All of the thefts occurred within an hour between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.