The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 22, 2013

Police make arrest for counterfeit bills

— A man accused of having $484 in fake currency is facing one felony count of possessing a forged instrument, an official said.

Andy Willard Pettus, 29, of 23944 Sugar Way, Elkmont, stands charged with first-degree possession of a forged instrument and remains in the Limestone County Jail, Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said.

The chief said Police Officer Bobby Hand was investigating an unrelated complaint on April 18, when he found the counterfeit bills.

“Pettus had, apparently, left the wallet or lost it due to his exit when Officer Hand pulled up,” Johnson said.

Although Hand could not find Pettus, he seized the wallet containing the counterfeit bills, the chief said.

Investigator Tim McIntire then obtained a warrant for Pettus on the forged-instrument charge and arrested him April 19.

He was booked at Athens Police Department and transferred to the Limestone County Jail, where bail is set at $5,000 on the felony charge. However, Pettus will remain in jail because his bond on another charge was revoked due to the recent arrest.

— Jean Cole