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City man charged over fake $100 bill

Peterman tried to pass counterfeit cash; gave police false names

An Altoona man is accused of trying to pass a bogus $100 bill and then giving police three fake names.

Mitchell S. Peterman, 33, of Altoona was arrested Thursday morning after police were called to the Fine Wine & Good Spirits store, 613 Pleasant Valley Blvd., for a report of someone using a fake $100 bill, according to Altoona police.

Peterman allegedly walked into the liquor store just before 10 a.m., browsed around and then walked up to the cashier where he picked up a bottle opener from the display and set it on the counter.

The clerk later told police Peterman handed her a $100 bill and said, “I don’t know if you will take this crumply old bill.”

The clerk told Peterman the bill was fake and she kept it while Peterman paid for the $7.99 bottle opener with real money, according to police.

When officers caught up to Peterman, he provided a name and birth date, but when the information didn’t match any records, he gave a completely different name and changed the year of his birth. When that didn’t match anyone, Peterman gave a third name, police said. That name also didn’t come back as real.

Police said Peterman had a half-burnt marijuana cigarette in his pocket.

Peterman was arraigned Thursday afternoon by Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio, who set bail at $10,000 cash.

Peterman is charged with felony forgery and misdemeanor counts of false identification to law enforcement and possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was jailed and a preliminary hearing is slated for Wednesday.

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