HANFORD — Two people were arrested Friday after they allegedly passed counterfeit $100 bills at the Hanford Mall, the Hanford Police Department said.
Around 3:24 p.m., responded to the mall, located at 1675 W. Lacey Blvd., for a report of a woman who had attempted to pass counterfeit bills at several stores. Police said the woman, later identified as Danielle Packer, 29, of Fresno initially refused to provide identification to officers or allow them to search her white Chevrolet Malibu.
The driver of the Malibu, identified as Michael Crocker, 37, of Fresno walked out of the mall while officers spoke with Packer. Police said Crocker was on probation out of Fresno County. Police said a search of Crocker and the car recovered numerous counterfeit $100 bills, both found with Crocker and in Packer’s purse. Officers also reportedly found methamphetamine, heroin and drug paraphernalia.
Police said an investigation found that Packer and Crocker had both passed counterfeit bills at several stores in the mall. Packer was arrested and booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of burglary, criminal conspiracy, possession of counterfeit currency and several narcotics-related charges. Her bail was set at $250,000.
Crocker was booked into the jail on suspicion of burglary, criminal conspiracy, possession of counterfeit currency and narcotics-related charges. His bail was set at $410,000.