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Arrests lead police to counterfeiting operation

CAUDLEA man and a woman are being held on forgery charges after police discovered a counterfeiting operation that was turning out U.S. currency in a Southeast Portland motel room.

PURDYPolice said 26-year-old Brittney Ann Caudle and 37-year-old Curtis Allen Purdy were taken into custody Sunday evening, Aug. 31, after East Precinct officers discovered a counterfeiting operation in their motel room.

Police were called at about 7:46 p.m. to the Foster Road Fred Meyer store where they discovered a woman acting erratically in the store’s restroom. After talking with Caudle, officers took her into custody on a federal warrant linked to a Portland-area bank robbery.

An investigation led officers to Purdy, Caudle’s boyfriend, who was at a nearby hotel room with two other people. That’s where police discovered the U.S. currency counterfeiting operation.

Purdy and Caudle were booked into the Multnomah County Jail on several charges. Purdy was charged with 21 counts of first-degree forgery, five counts of first-degree possession of a forged instrument, possession of a forgery device and furnishing false information to police. He was also placed on a federal hold.

Caudle was charged with 11 counts of first-degree possession of a forged instrument and was held on the federal warrant.