Counterfeit Bill

A counterfeit $100 bill was collected as evidence after it was used to make a purchase at Safeway last week. An employee poured water on the bill and ink began to run, prompting a call to police.

Yelm Police Department 

Counterfeit $100 Bills Reported

• At about 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, a Yelm police officer responded to a report of a counterfeit $100 bill at Safeway. An employee told the officer that at about 8:45 p.m. the night before, a woman used the fake bill to buy items at the gas pumps. The clerk checked the bill and accepted it as payment. The next morning, water was poured on the bill to check its authenticity and the ink began to run. The suspect, who has not been identified, was described as a white woman wearing a flannel shirt with a black T-shirt and a blue baseball hat. She was driving a late model brown vehicle. 

• At about 12:20 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, officers responded to Safeway in Yelm after a report that a man tried to use a counterfeit $100 bill and then left the scene when confronted by an employee. An officer spotted the vehicle the man was driving, a white Acura sedan, and conducted a traffic stop on State Route 507. The male driver identified himself as Byron Lombardi, 33 of Tacoma. The officer learned he had a warrant for his arrest and was driving with a suspended license before taking him into custody. Lombardi told the officer he received the counterfeit bill from a private exchange and that he only left the scene because he is a felon and didn’t want to deal with police. He was booked into jail for the warrant. 


DUI and Reckless Endangerment 

• A 39-year-old Yelm man was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless endangerment after a crash just after 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, during which his 4-year-old child was in the backseat of his vehicle. The crash occurred at the intersection of Edwards Street Northwest and Coates Road Southeast. Cirenio Carreto Hernandez was deemed to be the at-fault driver in the crash, having t-boned another vehicle in his 2005 Kia. His daughter was secured with a lap and shoulder belt, and there were no injuries. Hernandez allegedly refused field sobriety tests and had trouble remembering the spelling of his daughter’s name and her date of birth. An officer reported a strong scent of intoxicants coming from Hernandez. He was taken into custody and driven to the Yelm Police Department where he was provided an opportunity to speak with a public defender. After the phone call, he submitted breath samples that showed blood alcohol content of .102 and .105 about two hours after the crash. A subsequent test registered at .112. He was cited for DUI and reckless endangerment, the latter charge stemming from the fact that his daughter was in the vehicle. He was booked into the Nisqually Jail. 

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