Three Queens residents were arrested in New Rochelle after they tried to make small purchases at a bakery and pay for it with counterfeit $100 bills, police said Thursday.
The owner of G Bakery became suspicious when one man tried to buy coffee and bread for $3 with a $100 bill and moments later a second man tried to purchase two sodas with a $100, New Rochelle Detective Captain Joseph Schaller said.
“It just didn’t feel right to him,” Schaller said.
The owner questioned the second man about the money and told him he was going to call the police. The man then bolted from the 134 North Ave. bakery with two confederates, police said, but police captured them after the store owner pointed out their getaway car.
Arrested were James Grollon, 22, of 8306 37th St. and Cindy Mayorga, 19, of 2534 100th St. both of East Elmhurst and Luis Robles, 22, of 10428 Alstyne Ave. in Corona. All three are charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony.
Grollon was the first man who walked into the baker at 5:36 p.m. Wednesday and tried to buy coffee and bread with a $100, police said. The store owner declined and Grollon left. Moments later, police said, Robles walked in to purchase two sodas and tried to pay with a $100, at which point the store owner called police.
Police are trying to determine whether the the three passed on other counterfeit money in the area, Schaller said. He said the counterfeit money was of good quality. Police are asking anyone suspicious of money they received call Detective Michael Messina at 914-654-2266.
The Secret Service has also been notified of the incident, Schaller said. Police are obtaining a search warrant to check the car for further evidence.