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Man Tries to Use Fake Money at Pelham Manor Store

PELHAM MANOR, N.Y. – Police responded to a call this week from BJ's Wholesale on Pelham Parkway about a customer trying to pass what was believed to be two counterfeit $100 bills.

Officers arrived at the store and interviewed Osagyefo Essoen of 222 Primrose Ave. in Mount Vernon and a juvenile he had with him. The juvenile, who was his younger brother, began to act disorderly, yelled profanities at the officers and pushed them, according to the police report.

Police warned him that he would be arrested if he continued to behave that way. Officers were still holding Essoen during this time as they tried to determine if the bills he used were real.

Essoen demanded to leave, made loud noises, waved his arms and yelled at police. Officers told him to stop, but placed him under arrest for disorderly conduct when he continued.

He struggled and flailed his arms to try to stop police from handcuffing him. Essoen's younger brother tried to intervene by yelling at and pushing the officers. Police then arrested the younger brother, as well.

Essoen started to struggle as officers led him to the police car. They eventually had to carry him to the vehicle. Police took both parties to headquarters.

Police searched Essoen and found seven more counterfeit $100 bills and one counterfeit $50 bill. Police ran tests on the bills, which failed authenticity checks.

The two counterfeit bills were recovered from the cashier and given to the manager who initially told police about the issue. The merchandise purchased with the counterfeit money was returned to BJ's along with the $5.40 in change BJ's gave to Essoen as part of the transaction.

Essoen is due in Pelham Town Court on Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. Police released the juvenile to his mother with a family court date of Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. in New Rochelle.

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