One arrested, three identified in rash of counterfeit money


A 23-year-old Bastrop woman was arrested Friday and Rockdale police believe they’ve identified the other three members of a counterfeiting gang that hit Rockdale, and other towns, earlier this month.

Ernessia Yvonne Caro was arrested by Ofc. Jody Tillery on three local warrants for forgery of a government or national instrument and engaging in organized criminal activity.

She remains in the Milam County Jail in lieu of $60,000 bond.

Lt. J. D. Newlin said police have issued warrants on three other persons, two males and one female, whom they believe were part of “an experienced gang” which came through Rockdale a little over two weeks ago.

He said nine phony 50-dollar bills and a pair of fake 20s were passed in Rockdale.

Businesses hit included Texas Burger/Subway, McDonald’s and Brookshire Bros. Dollar General in Thorndale and Golden Chick in Cameron also reported visits from the gang.

Newlin said federal authorities have also become involved in the case. “It will probably eventually be prosecuted in federal court, but for the time we will go ahead with our local warrants,” he said.

The Bee Caves Police Department in suburban Austin worked with Rockdale police on the case.

ARREST—Kasey Ray Cain, 21, of Rockdale, was arrested Sunday and was awaiting registration on a charge of possession of a controlled substance (less than one gram).

CRASH—Police investigated two traffic accidents during the past week.

A car struck a deer at 8:11 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of VFW Post 6525 on west US 79, according to police, who listed the driver as Krisanda Organ of Thorndale.

Damages were termed minor.

Moderate damages were reported in a 10 a.m. Nov. 13 collision at the Scarbrough-Murray intersection. Police listed drivers as Sandy Whittle of Eddy and Richard Serrato of Rockdale.

CITATIONS—Traffic tickets issued during the past week included 38 for speeding, three each for expired MVI sticker and no liability insurance and one each for violation of driver’s license restriction code, running a stop sign, expired registration, no seat belt and expired driver’s license.

One citation was issued for possession of drug paraphernalia.

SERVICE CALLS— Officer responded to 106 calls and there were 99 calls in the 911 system.

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