Statesville police have arrested and charged two Hickory men in connection with the passing of counterfeit $100 bills at local retailers.
Police charged Daniel Wayne Johnson, 24, and Blake Haddad, 29, with three counts each of felony obtaining property by false pretense and felony uttering a forged instrument.
Both men were taken to the Iredell County jail on $20,000 bail.
At about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, police responded to the CVS Pharmacy at 178 Turnersburg Highway and were told two white males had attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill.
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While police were at the CVS, the police department received a report of the same suspects at the Hobby Lobby at 141 N. Point Blvd., where they were trying to pass another counterfeit bill. Officers responded to the store and took the men into custody.
Police learned through the investigation that counterfeit bills also were passed at the PetSmart at 214 Turnersburg Highway, Michaels Art and Crafts Supply at 216 Turnersburg Highway, Taco Bell at 1120 Turnersburg Highway and Home Depot at 240 Turnersburg Highway.
The investigation into those other incidents is ongoing and additional charges are forthcoming, police said.