PINOLE (CBS SF) — A Southern California man was arrested earlier this week after allegedly attempting to pay for merchandise with a counterfeit $100 bill at a Big 5 Sporting Goods store in Pinole.

Officers were called around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to the sporting goods store at 1572 Fitzgerald Drive on a report of a customer attempting to pass the fake money, police said.

Police detained the suspect as he was walking through the parking lot and identified him as West Covina resident James Corbin, 55.

Police said Corbin later admitted to trying to pass the counterfeit bill. A search of his car turned up more counterfeit cash, a printer and merchandise apparently purchased at other Bay Area retailers using fake bills, according to police.

The suspect was traveling with another man, 48-year-old Scott Moulton of Pasadena, who was arrested on an unrelated warrant.

Investigators believe the pair had been passing counterfeit cash throughout the state as they made their way north from Southern California.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Justin Takacs at (510) 724-8944.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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