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STAMFORD-A city man who was caught trying to pass counterfeit bills last week and then ate a receipt being kept by police as evidence of his crime, was arrested again for allegedly being in possession of more than two dozen phony bills.
Eugene Lyles, 56, of Willowbrook Court, was charged over the weekend with 27 counts of first-degree forgery, three counts of attempted first-degree forgery and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lyles, who has 30 convictions in the state of New York for a wide range of offenses including possession of counterfeit bills, was ordered by Judge Richard Comerford to be held in lieu of a $50,000 court appearance bond.
Capt. Richard Conklin said after Lyle’s arrest at the Ridgeway Shopping Center on Aug. 30 while in possession of 20 counterfeit bills, he became a suspect in two incidents of fake bills being passed at Town Center Mall on March 24 of this year.
Officer Mike Connelly took over the case and realized that video shots of the suspect passing the bills at the Candy Shoppe and Bath and Body Works, looked “eerily similar to Lyles,” Conklin said. After showing a picture line-up to the two clerks, who agreed that the suspect was Lyles, arrest warrants were prepared and the Narcotics and Organized Crime squad paid a visit to Lyles apartment on Friday.
After opening his door, officers looked inside and could clearly see that there were a lot of bills lying on a nearby table, Conklin said.
Officers asked if they could come inside to get a clearer view, but Lyles refused to let them in. The officers held the scene and obtained a search warrant and after executing it found 17 $20 bills, 4 $50 bills, 5 $10 bills, Conklin said.
Police also found sheets of paper with two $20 bills and a $10 bill not yet cut out of it. They also found scraps of what appeared to be cut up bills, but determined those were fake too, Conklin.
“This was a very nice job by officer Mike Connelly, who took this case on and obtained a very nice arrest,” Conklin said.