Counterfeit money investigation led to an armed robbery arrest
MASON COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A report of a teenager allegedly passing counterfeit bills led to the arrest of a man on armed robbery charges.
On Saturday around noon the Mason County Sheriff's Office got a report of the teen trying to pass $200 worth of counterfeit $20 bills at Northside Market in Pere Marquette Township.
Another customer at the store saw the exchange and was able to get the license plate number from the vehicle, according to deputies.
Deputies were able to track the teen to a home in Hamlin Township where evidence of printing money was found.
Through interviews deputies learned of an alleged armed robbery in Ludington on Friday.
Deputies continued the investigation and conducted search warrants in Hamlin, Pere Marquette and Eden townships.
During the searches $1,800 worth of counterfeit money, $200 in cash suspected of being stolen from Northside Market and evidence linked the armed robbery were found.
Jarod Smith, 17 of Ludington, was arrested and charged with uttering and publishing counterfeit, computer used to commit a crime and possession of marijuana.
Smith's bond was set at 10 percent of $25,000.
Derek Routley, 28 of Ludington, was also arrested and charged with armed robbery and felony firearm.
Routley's bond was set at $75,000 cash or surety.