POSTED: Monday, July 1, 2013 - 2:29pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 7:10am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — "To have this person come and hurt other people it's not right.”said 77 flea market vendor Maria Arellano
She was working on Saturday and witnessed the arrest of 21 year old Omar Trevino. He is charged with nine counts of forgery.
"Police say Trevino would purchase small items, like a stroller, he would use his fake $100 bills for the items, and in turn the vendor would give him large amounts of change in real money."
Police say a vendor thought one of Trevino's bills was suspicious, and then called police, a short time later, Trevino was taken into custody.
Arellano says it's not fair for the vendors, and she is constantly on the lookout for counterfeit bills.
"It's difficult because it's very hot, and we are out here working, and just to have other people come and take away your money, it’s not right. They buy something from you for $10, and you give them $90 in return, so your left without money when you are the one working in the hot sun."
Officer Jose Trevino says detectives are still looking into this case.
"In my experience I have yet to see one person involved with making counterfeit bills, there is usually more people involved, so I am sure there is going to be more arrests." said officer Jose Trevino.