The Irvine Police Department (IPD) arrested two suspects for using counterfeit $100 bills to steal from local small businesses. The suspects are identified as Dyimond Campbell, 22, of Los Angeles and Niresha Collins, 27, of Inglewood. They were arrested for commercial burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime, and making/passing fictitious currency.
On the afternoon of June 22, 2016, Campbell and Collins entered a restaurant on the 17000 block of MacArthur Boulevard and attempted to use a counterfeit $100 bill to pay for an order of food. The manager recognized the bill as fake and called IPD.
Responding officers contacted the suspects and determined that they were involved in a series of related crimes in Irvine and Orange County. The suspects use counterfeit $100 bills to make small purchases in order to get large sums of authentic currency as change. The investigation revealed that they primarily targeted small businesses such as nail salons and pizza parlors.
Campbell and Collins were arrested at the scene without incident. The investigation is ongoing.
IPD is seeking information from the public about a possible third subject involved in some of the series. This person is African-American and may be male or female dressed in male clothing. Surveillance video of this subject is available at www.facebook.com/IrvinePD or by request.
Anyone with additional information in this case is asked to call Detective Kristi Valentine at 949-724-7188.
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