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Milford cops: Suspected shoplifter ate counterfeit bill

September 12, 2018

MILFORD - Police say a man, who was suspected of shoplifting, ate a counterfeit $20 bill when questioned by police.

Mizraim Diaz-Rivera, 42, of Truman Street in New Haven, was charged with sixth-degree larceny, tampering with evidence, first-degree forgery, interfering with a police officer, second-degree breach of peace and possession of narcotics.

The incident happened before 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to a release from Officer Joseph Dempsey.

Police went to the Sears store in the Connecticut Post mall on a report of a shoplifter in custody.

“While investigating the shoplifting of over $120 worth of merchandise, it was discovered by officers that the male being detained Diaz-Rivera, possibly had a counterfeit $20 bill in his possession,” Dempsey said.

When Diaz-Rivera was told the counterfeit bill would be investigated he “ate the counterfeit money,” Dempsey said.

Diaz-Rivera is also accused of being in possession of prescription medication, which he does not have a prescription for.

Diaz-Rivera was held on $10,000 bond.

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