Two men returning to allegedly retrieve a bag of counterfeit cash they'd forgotten at a Medford motel found police officers already on scene, Medford police reported.
Both suspects fled before police caught and arrested one, whom they identified as Adam Kyle Bennett, 24, no address given. Bennett was arrested on 10 counts of first-degree forgery, first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and on a probation violation stemming from past drug charges, police said. His bail was set at $120,000, but he is no longer listed in the Jackson County Jail, jail records show.
The other man's identity is known but has not yet been released by Medford police. His name will be released if a grand jury indicts him, police said.
Police responded to the Motel 6 at 950 Alba Drive Saturday after being contacted by hotel staff. Motel employees had found a large bag containing more than $3,000 of counterfeit money in the room after the two men had checked out.
"(They) must have forgotten the bag of money that was in one of the nightstand drawers," said Lt. Mike Budreau.
The money included various denominations.
When the men discovered police at the motel, they jumped from their Jeep Cherokee and fled to another nearby motel. The two then ran to the baseball fields near Bear Creek Park, where Bennett was located and arrested after being interviewed by police.
Authorities said counterfeit cases have jumped 72 percent in Medford in the first eight months of this year, to 268, compared to 155 reported during the same period last year.
"This is actually a rather significant arrest. We've been dealing with a lot of cases this year," Budreau said. "We're hoping this arrest will make an impact on all of the counterfeit cases we've had this year."
Police said an agent from the U.S. Secret Service is helping with the ongoing investigation.
— Ryan Pfeil