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Cappuccinos and counterfeits at Starbucks

N.Y. men allegedly passed phony $100 bills

BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. - Authorities allege two New York men grabbed a cup of coffee in the Lehigh Valley and each paid for their orders with a phony C-note.

Bethlehem Township police charged Patmore S. Proctor, of Morningside Heights, and Jamel D. Greene, of the Bronx, each with two felony counts of forgery after allegedly passing fake $100 bills at the Starbucks at 4727 Freemansburg Ave.

District Judge Antonia Grifo arraigned the pair Tuesday morning, setting bail for each at $40,000 with a 10 percent cash option if approved by Northampton County pre-trial services.

Police were dispatched to the coffee shop shortly before 9:45 p.m. Monday to investigate a report of two men allegedly passing funny money. A responding officer received a description of the vehicle and spotted it leaving the shopping center as he arrived.

Police stopped the car on Freemansburg Avenue. Behind the wheel was the 22-year-old Greene with the 27-year-old Proctor in the backseat.

The employee told police that each man used a $100 bill to pay for their drinks. After they left with coffee and change in hand, he took a closer look at the money and realized it was counterfeit, according to court records. The employee later identified Greene and Proctor as the two men who passed the phony bills, according to records.

Police allege they found additional counterfeit bills in the car. Court records do not specify how many.

After failing to post bail, both men were sent to Northampton County Prison to await preliminary hearings scheduled for Dec. 22. And in the event they are actual fans of Starbucks, Greene and Proctor will need to drink their coffee at Dunkin Donuts, if they make bail. The judge ordered that they stay away from any Starbucks, if they’re released.

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