Seymour police investigating a theft reported Wednesday at a store on the city’s east side wound up arresting a Johnson County man on counterfeiting and theft charges.
William Eugene Dillard, 33, of Franklin, was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown on those Level 6 felony charges at 4:09 p.m.
The investigation that led to his arrest began when city police received a call from Walmart Supercenter about a theft at that store at 1600 E. Tipton St.
While en route to the store, Officer Bart Bevers reported seeing a vehicle matching the description of the one suspected of being involved in the reported theft.
Bevers stopped that vehicle, driven by Dillard, in an alley in the 100 block of North Chestnut Street. The west end of that alley was blocked because of Oktoberfest preparations.
During the investigation, officers obtained a warrant to search Dillard’s vehicle for evidence related to the theft report, according to a news release from Detective Sgt. C.J. Foster.
While searching the vehicle, Foster said police found evidence related to the theft report and several bags that contained evidence of printed counterfeit money, supplies to print counterfeit money such as paper and printing cartridges and homemade counterfeit money templates.
Detectives, including Foster, were called to the scene, and police later learned that evidence of the counterfeiting of $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills was present, Foster said.
Investigators also discovered that serial numbers found in the evidence from Dillard’s vehicle matched serial numbers from counterfeit bills that had been passed at local businesses in the Seymour area within the past week to 10 days, Foster said.
Although Dillard gave jailers his home address as being in Franklin, he told Seymour police he had been living in the area for several weeks, Foster said.
Cpl. Jason Alberring and Sgt. Jack Swindell assisted with the traffic stop and investigation.