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Three Pa. men charged with passing counterfeit money in Hagerstown

Zollie Gibson, Tyreik L. Gibson and Brian Tucker were being held on bond

April 30, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
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Zollie Gibson

Three Pennsylvania men were charged Monday with passing counterfeit $100 bills at Kmart and the Premium Outlets in an incident in which one suspect rammed a police cruiser, according to Washington County District Court records.

Zollie Gibson, 49, of Philadelphia, was charged with nine counts of possession of forged currency and three counts of theft of less than $100, court records said.

Tyreik L. Gibson, 28, of Lansdowne, Pa., and Brian Tucker, 32, of Chester, Pa., were each charged with theft of less than $1,000 and two counts of possession of forged currency, court records said.

Zollie and Tyreik Gibson were both being held on $50,000 bonds and Tucker’s bond was $15,000, court records said.

A Washington County Sheriff’s deputy went to Kmart on Massey Boulevard at 10:43 a.m. for a report that a man passed two counterfeit $100 bills, followed by another who tried to use a third fake bill, according to the statement of probable cause.

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An employee became suspicious and, when a manager determined the third bill was fake, the man took it and fled, the charging document said.

Police reviewed security video, used later to identify one of the men as Brian Tucker, the document alleged.

Surveillance video showed that Zollie Gibson was the man who used counterfeit $100 bills to make separate purchases of socks and toilet paper, the charging document said.

A Maryland State trooper was investigating a similar incident at Cracker Barrel where a man matching Zollie Gibson’s description passed a counterfeit bill, the charging document said. Police got a description of a Chrysler van in which he left, the document said.

At 12:25 p.m., police went to Premium Outlets for reports of more counterfeit money, the charging document said. A van with a Pennsylvania registration was spotted and stopped by a state trooper, the document said.

Tucker was in the back seat and Tyreik Gibson, who was driving, put the van in drive and fled with police in pursuit, the document alleged.

At one point, a trooper was partially inside the van as it drove away, and it later struck another trooper’s cruiser, the charging document said.

A sheriff’s patrol car was circling the parking lot to head off the van when officers spotted Zollie Gibson and arrested him, the document said.

Police found counterfeit bills with matching serial numbers and items purchased from stores when they searched the men and van, the charging document said. Bogus bills were passed at Kmart, and at the Calvin Klein and Eddie Bauer stores, as well as at the Tommy Hilfiger and Nike stores, the document said.

While all three men had Pennsylvania addresses, Assistant Public Defender Matthew Rogers told the judge that Tyreik Gibson has lived in this area 10 years and owns a cab company.

Deputy State’s Attorney Joseph Michael told Thomas that Tyreik Gibson is wanted in Pennsylvania and Zollie Gibson is wanted in Michigan and Georgia.

Charging documents did not indicate whether the Gibsons are related.

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