VERO BEACH – Employees at Dillard’s department store notified law enforcement after four people were trying to buy merchandise in Vero Beach using counterfeit $100 bills, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies arrived at the Indian River Mall and located a vehicle that was described by employees at Dillard’s.
Four people were in a Volkswagen vehicle with bags of merchandise in the trunk. Deputies also found a semi-automatic .380 firearm in the glove compartment.
Three of the suspects declined to talk, but the female agreed to speak with a deputy.
According to the female suspect, they went to Dillard’s and other stores in the mall to pass the counterfeit $100 bills. They would make purchases and would return the items at a later date for cash.
She told deputies that they are all from the Ft. Lauderdale area and drove to Vero Beach to make the purchases.
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All suspects told deputies they were homeless and that a man gave them the counterfeit bills to buy the merchandise.
Deputies located seven $100 counterfeit bills.
The suspects were identified as 21-year-old Xavier O. Rodriguez, 26-year-old Dayshan K. Henry, 21-year-old Liliana Young Suarez, and 26-year-old Corvalan, Ricardo Adrian.
They were arrested on multiple felony counts of passing the Counterfeit Bills and transported to the Indian River County Jail.