‘Poor quality’ fake 20’s hitting local business registers

A rash of fake $20 bills have hit Rockdale businesses during the past week and one aspect of the “funny money” isn’t so humorous to Rockdale police.

“Some of them just really aren’t that well made,” Police Chief Thomas Harris said. “As counterfeits go, they are pretty poor.”

Yet, f ive of t he bills were passed in Rockdale during the past week.

“Business ow ners need to instruct their clerks and cashiers to take a good look at the bills they are accepting, especially $20s,” Harris said.

“It doesn’t take a real trained eye to sport some of these counterfeits,” he added. “Just about anyone can tell the difference.”

Counterfeit check

In an unrelated incident, police are investigating a $2,920 counterfeit check passed at CarQuest during the past week.

Harris said police have identified a suspect.


A 19-year-old Rockdale man was arrested last week by Ofc. Ethan Patton in connection with of fenses several months ago that included a foot chase with police.

George Cody Tovar was charged with duty on striking a fixture or highway landscape, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest or detention and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Bond was set at $9,500.

Other felony arrests during the week:

• Ly nn Deandre Boyd, 37, Houston, parole violation, in custody.

• Eddie Wayne Fillmore, 30, Cameron, parole violation, in custody.


Police are investigating several reports of criminal mischief, including a disturbance that led to a broken window, theft of cable service and a broken street sign.


Vehicles operated by Frances Cavil of Cameron and Samuel Henson of Rockdale were in collision at 2:11 p.m. Thursday at the Murray-Brazos intersection. Damages were termed minor by police.


Citations issued during the past week included 36 for speeding, four for no seat belt use, two each for expired registration, no liability insurance and failure to report change of name or address and one each for running a stop sign, expired MVI sticker, and disregarding official traffic control device.

Service calls

Officers responded to 138 total calls for service during the week, including 99 through the 911 system.


Tips on any crime listed above may be phoned in to Milam County CrimeStoppers, toll-free, at 1- 888-697-TIPS (8477).

A reward of up to $1,000 may be paid for information leading to arrest and conviction. All tips are anonymous and no one will ask your name.

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