COLUMBUS, Ind. — A convicted felon is being sought in connection with several cases of counterfeit money being passed in Columbus and surrounding areas.
Garry P. Moore, 63, formerly of Hope, could be armed and should be considered dangerous, said Columbus Police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers.
Moore was the subject of a search south of Scipio early Tuesday morning.
As a SWAT team from Columbus looked for Moore at a home off Jennings County Road 600N, another team of officers were arresting Michael G. Orr, 56, at his home on McKinley Avenue in Columbus.
Fake currency was found during both searches, Myers said. Orr is facing preliminary charges of forgery, dealing in methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance
Myers said safety precautions were taken during Tuesday's morning search for Moore due to his previous drug-related convictions.
While an arrest warrant has not been issued, Moore's status was changed late Tuesday from a "person of interest wanted only for questioning" to a suspect in the counterfeiting cases, according to Myers.
He added that investigators began to center on both Moore and Orr after detectives received tips that people were trading smaller amounts of real money for larger denominations of counterfeit bills.
More arrests and additional charges are possible as the investigation continues.