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Badge and Bar: Gainesville Police take pair of counterfeiting reports

Two separate reports by Gainesville Police involve people trying to pass counterfeit bills at local restaurants.

The first report was to the Browns Bridge Waffle House on Sept. 21.

Cpl. Jessica Van said an unknown customer “used a counterfeit $50 to pay for food.”

This happened sometime between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. that day, according to the daily report bulletin.

Officers recovered the bill and are actively investigating.

Four days later, a counterfeit $100 bill was identified by staff prior to a purchase. The address listed in the bulletin returns to the McDonald’s on Limestone Parkway.

The bill was also recovered.

Authorities: Man swung helmet at victim, threatened to kill

A Hall County man swung his motorcycle helmet at someone and threatened to kill him, according to authorities.

The 51-year-old man had been riding a moped and went onto a Pleasant Hill Lane property around 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, where he swung the black helmet at a person.

The man reportedly lives in the area, according to Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth.

In addition to charges of aggravated assault, criminal trespass and making terroristic threats, the man received traffic citations for driving under the influence and driving with a suspended/revoked license.

He was booked in to the Hall County Jail, where he remains on a $10,050 bond.

The case is still under investigation.

Gainesville woman accused of taking cell phone from Atlanta Highway convenience store

A Gainesville woman allegedly stole a phone next to a convenience store game machine, put it in her waistband and left, according to authorities.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office sought help from the public to identify the 28-year-old woman Aug. 22.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth said the woman reportedly took the phone from a cup holder next to the machine before leaving in an SUV around 8 p.m. Aug. 14.

She was captured on surveillance cameras, and investigators ultimately obtained a warrant Aug. 27 for a charge of theft by taking.

The next day, Hall County Fire Services obtained a second-degree arson warrant accusing her of “participating in the burning and/or concealment of the burning of a vehicle,” Capt. Zachary Brackett wrote in an email.

She was booked in to the Hall County Jail Sept. 21, where she is being held on a $5,900 bond.

The case is still under investigation.

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