Officer injured in crash attempting to apprehend man who used fake money at Walmart

POHATCONG TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A New York man was arrested for allegedly using fake money to buy retail goods at the Walmart in Pohatcong Township.

On March 3, Robert Gilpin, 41, of Brooklyn, NY entered the Super Walmart and purchased retail goods with $480.00 in counterfeit twenty dollar bills and then left the store, police said.

Gilpin returned on Monday, in an attempt to make another purchase using over $400.00 in counterfeit U.S. currency. During the attempted purchase, he got nervous and took the money back from the clerk and fled on foot, police said.

Once Gilpin exited the store, patrol officers attempted to arrest him but he fled on foot and ran towards a wooded area. He was apprehended after a brief foot chase, police said.

During the incident, a township police officer was involved in an accident attempting to apprehend Gilpin. That officer suffered minor injuries and was released from the hospital after treatment, police said.

A search of Gilpin’s vehicle provided evidence that prior to being at the Walmart, he made a purchase with counterfeit United States currency at the Lowe’s in Greenwich Township. That evidence was turned over to the Greenwich Township Police Department, police said.

Gilpin was charged with one count of theft by deception, one count of uttering (passing a forged document), one count of forgery, one count of resisting arrest and causing injury to an officer and one count of possession of marijuana in the amount less than 50 grams. He was released pending a court appearance.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook