On April 1, the APSO began receiving complaints from local stores and fast food restaurants receiving counterfeit $10 bills, according to Lt. Col. Bobby Webre.

On April 1, the APSO began receiving complaints from local stores and fast food restaurants receiving counterfeit $10 bills, according to Lt. Col. Bobby Webre.

Two suspects were identified from a surveillance video from one of the unidentified local stores. Detectives then received a crime stoppers tip that led them to William Bridges and Kristen Dufrene; the two suspects in the surveillance video.

As the investigation continued, detectives learned that the vehicle Bridges and Dufrene were seen driving belongs to Bridges’ older brother Randal, who was also identified through a crime stoppers tip and surveillance video.

Randal Bridges was arrested by Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office on April 18 for unrelated incidents, however APSO detectives interviewed Randal where he admitted to using counterfeit $10 bills to make purchases at several different stores, resulting in a total of 14 counterfeit bills passed at six different stores in Ascension Parish, added Lt. Col. Webre.

Randal Bridges, 27, of 48274 Amite River Road, St. Amant is currently in custody in Livingston Parish Jail but is pending charges with the APSO. He will be charged with 14 counts of monetary instrument abuse and theft.

William Bridges, 25, of 48274 Amite River Road, St. Amant was arrested and charged with five counts of monetary instrument abuse and theft. He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail awaiting bond.

According to Lt. Col. Webre, detectives are currently searching for Kristen Dufrene, 24, of 25175 West Street, Springfield who is wanted for five counts monetary instrument abuse and theft.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Dufrene is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at 225-621-INFO (4636) or by texting 847411 to our anonymous tip line from any cellular device or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867). To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers immediately.