MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Counterfeiters note: when you're checking out of a motel, don't leave a big bag of fake money behind.
Police in Medford, Ore., say two men learned that lesson when they returned to their motel room to retrieve the forgotten cash, and found police already there.
Motel employees called officers after finding a bag containing more than $3,000 in fake money in the room the two men had just vacated Saturday.
The Medford Mail Tribune reports (http://is.gd/95UJJW ) that both men fled. Police caught and arrested one for investigation of multiple counts of first-degree forgery. Police say they know the identity of the second man.
Officials say counterfeit cases have jumped 72 percent in Medford in the first eight months of this year — to 268 compared with 155.
Lt. Mike Budreau says he hopes this arrest will have an impact.
Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/