A quick response to a notice of suspicious activity from an off-duty state trooper allowed the Burlington Police Department to make a big counterfeit money bust last week.
According to a release from the , on Friday, June 29, members of the Burlington Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious female inside , 180 Cambridge St. Off-duty Massachusetts State Police Sergeant John T. Linquata notified Burlington Police that a white female identified as Amy Boehl of East Patchogue, New York, attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at the store.
Sgt. Linquata observed Boehl enter a black Nissan Altima that was parked in the parking lot. Moments later Officer Scott Lauder and Detective Thomas Fournier of the Burlington Police Department arrived on scene. After an initial investigation, Boehl was placed under arrest for uttering a counterfeit note. A further search of the vehicle revealed $2,900 in counterfeit $100 bills.
The vehicle owner, Darwin Gutierrez of Brooklyn, New York, was arrested a short while later. Gutierrez is being charged with possession of 10 counterfeit bills and uttering counterfeit bills. The vehicle was towed to the Burlington Police Station.
Det. Fournier and Officer Lauder executed a search warrant on the vehicle and were able to retrieve an additional $2,100 in counterfeit bills. Also located in the vehicle was approximately $10,000 to $15,000 worth of merchandise from various and stores. Through his investigation Officer Lauder was able to tie Boehl to a $1,200 counterfeit purchase at Nordstrom's Burlington location and an $800 counterfeit purchase at Macy's Burlington store.
Det. Fournier and Officer Lauder are currently working with Macy's regional security to identify the merchandise located in the vehicle.
At the time of this press release a total of $7,400 in counterfeit money was recovered in this crime. Agent Sara Albert of the US Secret Service is assisting in the investigation.
If anyone has any information on this case please contact Det. Fournier at (781) 505-4931 or Officer Scott Lauder at (781) 505-4925.