Knoxville — Three suspects were arrested in Knoxville last night for allegedly passing counterfeit bills.
Donald Aaron Zoutte, Jr., Alexander Gaylord Brunker and Spencer Ray Fitzpatrick have each been charged with forgery. Knoxville Police Chief Dan Losada told the Journal-Express that the department received a call from Murphy's last night to report the use of counterfeit bills. Police were given a description of the suspect vehicle. Officers were able to locate the suspects and they were arrested at the Knoxville Veterinary Clinic.
Earlier in the week, Knoxville merchants were warned of counterfeit bills circulating around town. Losada reported on Tuesday that since word spread about the counterfeits, there was less activity being reported. He also said that the forgeries were poor quality and could easily be identified as fake.
In addition to the forgery charge, Fitzpatrick has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and theft in the fifth degree.
The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible. As with any criminal case, the suspects are innocent until proven guilty.