July 19, 2017-Valparaiso Police say a Hammond woman is in custody after she went on a shopping spree with counterfeit $100 bills. According to the statement, police were called to The Dress Barn, 91 Silhavy Road, on July 18 at approximately for a report of a woman trying to pass a counterfeit $100 bill. Police obtained a detailed description of the suspect and her vehicle according to the report. “Officer Michael Cairns arrived in the area and began searching other retail businesses for the individual. A short time later Officer Cairns located a female subject matching the description walking through the parking lot carrying Famous Footwear and Michael’s shopping bags. Officer Cairns approached the subject and identified her as Felicia Turton, 32 yrs old, of Hammond. A nearby vehicle also matched the description provided by Dress Barn employees, including the matching license plate number for the vehicle” the report continues.
“Police began to investigate and learned that Turton had entered ten businesses in the general area and passed or attempted to pass $100 counterfeit bills in each of the businesses. Those businesses included Kohls, Childern’s Place, Bath & Body Works, Lane Bryant, Michael’s, Famous Footwear, Shoe Carnival, Dress Barn, Pet Supplies Plus and Target.” Valparaiso Police say that Turton admitted to passing the counterfeit bills during questioning.
Turton was transported to the Porter County Jail and charged with numerous counts of theft. All criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. A criminal charge is not evidence of guilt.