Darien Police arrest New York, New Jersey residents for allegedly passing counterfeit bills
On Saturday, March 2, at approximately 6:45 p.m. the Darien Police Department received a report that a subject was attempting to purchase merchandise with counterfeit currency at Pet Valu , at 25 Old Kings Highway in Darien. North. Upon arrival it was determined that the suspect had fled the area.
Through investigation, officers determined that one suspect successfully passed a counterfeit $100 bill at Pet Valu, and two other suspects unsuccessfully tried to pass bills at nearby Chocolate Works and Wine Port of Darien.
The bill used at Pet Valu and a $100 bill left behind at Chocolate Works had matching serial numbers which confirmed they were counterfeit. Based on descriptions of the suspects provided by store employees and an off-duty Stamford police sergeant who observed the vehicle, a regional broadcast was given to surrounding law enforcement agencies.
At approximately 10 p.m., Darien Police were notified by the Fairfield Police Department that they had located and stopped a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle in our earlier incidents. The vehicle was stopped in Westport.
Darien officers responded to the scene and said they were able to positively identify three of the four occupants of the vehicle as the suspects from the earlier counterfeiting incidents in Darien. They were identified as Destiny Poole, 20, Shelton Petit–Brun, 27, and Dayvon Jordan, 24, of New York, New York. The fourth occupant was identified as Raquan Hicks, 23 of Newark, New Jersey. Darien Police said they determined Hicks was also involved in the incidents in Darien. All four subjects were placed under arrest.
Their vehicle, a 2018 Chevy Malibu bearing Georgia Registration CHA7242, was searched and Darien Police saidd numerous pieces of evidence were seized connecting them to the Darien incidents as well as incidents in other jurisdictions. The vehicle had been rented by Petit-Brun and was subsequently towed from the scene. All four suspects were transported back to the Darien Police Department for processing. During subsequent searches of the suspects, Darien Police said additional counterfeit currency was located. In all, $3,300 in counterfeit one hundred dollar bills with the same serial number were recovered in this incident.
Poole, Petit-Brun and Jordan were charged with three counts of first degree forgery, one count of sixth degree larceny, three counts of first degree conspiracy to forgery, and two counts of sixth degree conspiracy to larceny.
Poole was held on $50,000 bond. Petit-Brun and Jordan were held on $35,000 bond.
Hicks was charged with one count of first degree forgery, three counts of conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree, and three counts of conspiracy to commit larceny in the sixth degree.
He was held on $35,000 bond.
Darien Police said Poole had an active arrest warrant from the Fairfield Police Department for failure to appear in the first degree. She was also charged for this and an additional $25,000 was added to her bond totaling $75,000. All four of the subjects remained in the custody in the Darien Police Department and will be arraigned later Monday at Stamford Superior Court.