Smithfield couple arrested for trying to pass fake $100 bills

LOGAN — Police have arrested a Smithfield couple, suspected of trying to pass counterfeit money at a local business. Christopher and Andrea Sauer were taken into custody Thursday, two-days after officers released security camera photos, asking the public’s help identifying the two individuals.

Logan City Police detective Andrew Soelberg said the two suspects were seen on video at a retail establishment, purchasing merchandise with four counterfeit $100 bills. They allegedly used one of the bills originally and then returned later in the day to use three more. They also stole merchandise from the store.

The couple were reportedly seen searching through mailboxes in Hyrum Thursday afternoon and stole a vehicle in Smithfield.

Christopher Sauer was booked on suspicion of multiple felonies, including forgery, racketeering, theft by deception and drug possession. The 36-year-old is being held on $107,800 bail.

Andrea Sauer was booked on suspicion of felony racketeering, unlawful use of a credit card and drug possession. The 22-year-old is being held on $26,700 bail.

Soelberg said Andrea is currently being held on unrelated charges and detectives are still trying to determine her level of involvement in the counterfeit operation. They also have evidence that Christopher was attempting to produce the fake bills, at the home they were living in Smithfield.

Formal charges are pending detective’s investigation.

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