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Teen helps nab counterfeit cash crooks

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GLENMORA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- A couple of crooks who thought they could fool a teenage employee at a gas station in Glenmora, found themselves behind bars.

50-year-old Ahmad Abdullah and 43-year-old Larone Williams of Deridder tried to pass off two fake $20 bills at Anna's Quik Pak on Saturday.

But, the young employee knew better and called police.

What happened next took everyone by surprise. News Channel 5's Brooke Buford (Twitter: @brookebuford) has more.

"It was very scary," said Amber Guillory, the teen employee.

A scary scene, but some quick-thinking.

A 16-year-old employee of Anna's Quik Pak is credited for stopping two thieves in their tracks as they tried to slip her two counterfeit $20 bills.

"It was just one guy," said Guillory. "He walked in and asked for cigarettes. I took the $20 and got his cigarettes and gave him his change. He walked to the door and looked back and then turned around and handed me another $20 for gas on pump three. That's when I realized that it wasn't real."

Guillory asked her co-worker, Kayla, to take a look. The two had been trained to spot a fake on other types bills.

"The texture of it," said Kayla Strother, an employee. "The color of it. Tina Johnson, our boss, shows us on the fake money that it doesn't have the hologram. And, if you look right here and hold it in the light, the real ones have a face and the fake ones don't."

That's when Guillory confronted the man.

"He argued with me that it was," said Guillory. I said, no it wasn't. He ran to their vehicle."

Guillory says she alerted police. But, when they went to make the arrest, the two suspects took off down the road.

That lead to a high speed chase. The suspects tossed several thousand dollars worth of counterfeit cash out the window.

"They went to stop and they just threw the money out and they took off," said Chief Thomas Doyle of the Glenmora Police Department. "We had a Rapides Parish unit in the vicinity and they helped stop the vehicle."

The two men were arrested and charged with "monetary instrument abuse" and "aggravated flight" - among other charges.

As for Guillory...

"When I took the first one they thought, oh I got her," she said. "But, no."

Both men have since posted about $6,000 bond each.

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