Police stumble upon counterfeit money scheme during search for stolen vehicle

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A stolen car led Oklahoma City police to a different criminal enterprise surrounding counterfeit cash.

“It was really a bizarre start to my morning,” said Michael Hall.

Hall left his car at his work for about two weeks, because it wouldn't start. Little did he know it would become a target for a pair of alleged thieves.

“I showed up to work around 6:30, and I realized the other vehicle I left in the parking lot had been stolen,” he said.

Hall’s white Kia Sportage, which had British Columbia tags, was gone. However, the car didn't get far.

Police located the car at a nearby Sam’s Club, just blocks away from Hall's job.

Authorities said the car's license plates had been replaced with Oklahoma plates registered to a 2004 Lincoln.

Inside the car, officers found Brian Simms and Tommy Martin.

“It was curious to see the theft of my vehicle had led to something bigger,” Hall said.

In addition to the alleged suspects, police also discovered material to make counterfeit money.

“They found several pieces of counterfeit equipment including counterfeit bills, a printer to print the counterfeit bills and paper to that as well,” said Sgt. Megan Morgan with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Hall said, when he arrived on the scene, it looked like the suspects had just finished making a fresh $20 bill.

“As they went further into the personal belongings in the vehicle, they found a printer had been hooked up to the cigarette outlet in the back of the SUV,” he said.

Now, the alleged suspects will likely face federal charges for their crimes.

“The Secret Service will take over the investigation from here as far as the actual counterfeit bills go, and our detectives will do the remainder of the investigation,” Morgan said.

Both men are being held at the Oklahoma County Jail on a slew of charges, including warrants for previous crimes.

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