An Ashland, Ore. man suspected of trying to pass off two counterfeit $50 bills was arrested March 14 after police say he was twice advised the bills were fake.

An Ashland, Ore. man suspected of trying to pass off two counterfeit $50 bills was arrested March 14 after police say he was twice advised the bills were fake.

Jordan Andrew Foster, 25, was arrested for possession of counterfeit bills, burglary and evading arrest, said Mount Shasta Police Department officer Chris Lynch.

Police were called to Rite Aid at about 2 p.m. to take a report from an employee about a man who tried to use two $50 bills which they identified as fake, Lynch said. When the employee told him they were counterfeit, the man took the bills and left.

“The employee gave us a description of the suspect and of his vehicle. They said he was observed driving to the shopping center area near Ray’s.”

Lynch said Foster next went to Chase Bank in the Mt. Shasta Shopping Center to inquire about the bills. When he was told they were counterfeit and bank employees tried to take them for destruction, the suspect declined and left with the bills, Lynch said.

The suspect then entered Ray’s Food Place and purchased a $15 phone card with one of the bills, Lynch said.

When he initiated a traffic stop and asked about the bills, Lynch said Foster handed over one of the bills and, after being asked about the second bill, offered a receipt for the phone card.

Lynch said he contacted Ray’s and recovered the counterfeit bill. The serial numbers on both bills matched, which is “a dead giveaway” that it is counterfeit, he said.

Because Foster entered Ray’s with knowledge that the cash was fake and the intention to pass a counterfeit bill, he was arrested for burglary, Lynch said.

Because he took off on foot and attempted to escape while he was conducting the interview, Foster was also charged with evading a police officer.

“While I understand the situation was difficult, it is against the law to try and pass off counterfeit bills,” Lynch said.

Anyone with knowledge of the case or suspects they may be in possession of counterfeit bills of any denomination should call the Mount Shasta Police Department at 926-7540.