Deputy took bite out of crime, arrested ex-con counterfeiter at restaurant, report says

Deputy took bite out of crime, arrested ex-con counterfeiter at restaurant, report says

(As originally published with additional photos, Wed, January 24th 2024)

LAKE CITY, Fla. (TND) — “Loose fake 20 dollar bills were located,” this arrest report said, “including bills located inside of a nearly full Zaxby’s food container.”

This case began with “a citizen contact” in a restaurant parking lot last Wednesday.

The Columbia County deputy in Florida wrote the woman sitting in the driver’s seat of a silver Honda Accord from Tennessee “opened the window and I could immediately smell the odor of marijuana.”

But it was the passenger, Bryan Chapman, who was arrested.

It would’ve been enough if he only “had an active warrant out of DeSoto County for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.”

Instead, the deputy wrote about finding a black “pistol style AK in the trunk of the vehicle in a black trash bag,” along with “a printer with multiple pages of printed 20 dollar bills, also in a black trash bag.

“The bills were loose and still on sheets of paper.

“Throughout the search of the vehicle, multiple other loose fake 20 dollar bills were located, including bills located inside of a nearly full Zaxby’s food container.”

The driver said she didn’t know what was in the trunk, or how they paid for things on their long drive.

Deputy took bite out of crime, arrested ex-con counterfeiter at restaurant, report says
Bryan Chapman was reportedly found with a gun and “a printer with multiple pages of printed 20 dollar bills,” Jan. 17, 2024. (Columbia Co. Sheriff’s Office)

The arrest report said she “explained that Bryan would retrieve items from the trunk whenever items needed to be paid for,” and that “Bryan carried his belongings in black trash bags.”

Also, according to the arrest report, “Bryan informed me that the firearm that was in the trunk belonged to him.

“Bryan further advised that the printer, fake bills, and sheets of paper were all his,” and the woman was not aware “of any of the fraudulent bills or him printing them.”

Chapman, 26, was charged with possession of tools for counterfeiting, possession of 10 or more counterfeited bills, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

The sheriff’s office said he’ll also face charges for his warrant.

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