Two individuals were arrested on Friday who police believe to be responsible for a string of counterfeit $100 bills passed last week in Sheridan.
Ryan Shelton, 27, of Sheridan, and “Norbert Jameson”, 25, later discovered to be Robert Jones of Wichita, Kansas were both arrested by Sheridan Police Friday morning.
SPD Officers were dispatched to the Hampton Inn in Sheridan, after hotel management complained that two guests had stolen property from a room. Sheridan Police Lt. Chis Dahmke.
Prior to contacting police, hotel employees were trying to locate the stolen property when they noticed counterfeiting materials, Dahmke said.
Following the arrests, police obtained search warrants for the counterfeit materials and, with the help of a representative from the U.S. Secret Service's Cheyenne office, searched the room. Dahmke explains what was found.
Dahmke said bills found in the room matched the washed $5 bills that had been passed last week at businesses including Arby's, Good Times, Starbucks and Wal-Mart as payment for low-cost items in order to collect the change in legitimate bills.
With the help of Sheridan County Jail personnel, “Norbert Jameson” was discovered to be Robert Jones, of Wichita, Kansas. Dahmke said Jones had multiple warrants out for his arrest in the Wichita area for a probation violation on original charges including burglary, theft and property damage.
Jones was booked into the Sheridan County Jail and held on $5,000 bond for alleged possession of forged writing. Following his appearance in Circuit Court Monday his bond was raised to $25,000.
Shelton was held on an initial $10,000 bond for alleged possession of a controlled substance, suspected methamphetamine. His bond was raised to $25,000 on Monday in Circuit Court.
Both should appear in 4th Judicial District Court later today as felony charges are still being drawn up, according to the Sheridan County attorney's office.