Three suspects were charged with spending counterfeit money Tuesday after police stopped them on Northside Drive West in front of Harveys Supermarket.
The suspects used the fake money to buy things at five different Statesboro businesses, Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said.
On Tuesday, "throughout the late afternoon," Khadijah Rebecca Jones, 18, of Stone Mountain; Tyrell Sha'Rod Robinson, 22, of Savannah; and Khalif Uqdah Ibn Khalif, 25, of Savannah, went on a shopping spree at five different locations, using the counterfeit cash, Turner said.
"One of the businesses contacted Statesboro police and gave a description of the vehicle and the suspects," he said. "Cpl. Andrew Samples observed a vehicle matching the description and performed a traffic stop on the vehicle" on Northside Drive West.
Several other officers responded to help Samples, and after checking the contents of the car, he "recovered a quantity of counterfeit bills from the vehicle ... (and) receipts in the vehicle from other local businesses," he said.
Officers contacted those businesses and learned employees had been given counterfeit currency by people matching the offenders' descriptions, Turner said.
Jones was charged with five counts of forgery and two counts of attempt of forgery. Robinson was charged with the same offenses, along with a charge of giving false information.
Khalif was also charged with five counts of forgery and two counts of attempt of forgery.
All three were taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where they await bond, according to jail records.
A jail photo was not immediately available for Khalif.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Statesboro police Detective Tommy Brown at (912) 764-9911.
Anonymous information may also be submitted to www.tipsoft.com or sent by text starting with "TIPSSPD" to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential, Turner said.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.