Three Men Arrested in Clarkstown for Counterfeit Bills


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From left to right: Calixte, Grenardo and Johnson

Clarkstown Police allege that on Wednesday, February 12 shortly after 6:30 p.m. Shoyn Johnson, 24, from Brooklyn, NY was arrested at the Target store at the Palisades Mall after he passed counterfeit 20 dollar bills.

Johnson, while acting in concert with another unidentified male, used fraudulent 20 dollar bills to purchase a vacuum valued at $299.99, said police.  Johnson was stopped as he exited the store with the merchandise and was brought to the loss prevention office.  The other male was able to leave the area prior to apprehension.

Johnson was subsequently arrested and transported to the Clarkstown Police Department.  An additional 49 counterfeit twenty dollar bills were recovered from his person.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Wendy’s in Nanuet called reporting that two subjects purchased food using three counterfeit 20 dollar bills. The suspects left the area in a blue sedan and the vehicle’s registration number was given to the dispatcher.  A short time later, said vehicle was observed driving into the parking lot of the Clarkstown Police Department.  Two subjects exited the vehicle, one carrying the Wendy’s food bag, and entered the lobby of the station.

According to Clarkstown PD, the men stated they were there to see their friend who was arrested earlier in the night. Both men were identified as the men passing the counterfeit bills inside of Wendy’s. They are Elden Grenardo, 23, and Anthony Calixte, 24 both from Brooklyn, NY.  Grenardo was also identified as the male who was acting in concert with Johnson while at the Target store.

Grenardo and Calixte were both arrested.  All three were arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court before Judge Johns. All were remanded to the Rockland County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail as follows:  Johnson $25,000, Grenardo $10,000 and Calixte $25,000.

All were given a return court date of February 18, 2014.

All three were charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument 1st (felony), petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property 5th, both misdemeanors. Grenardo was charged with one additional charge of criminal possession of a forged instrument 1st.

All of the counterfeit bills recovered contained the same serial number and lacked official security features.

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