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White Plains Man Paid Driver with Fake $100 Bill

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - A White Plains man paid a professional driver with a fake $100 bill, said police, who caught the suspect after the 23-year-old hitched a second ride from the same driver.

The driver, a 41-year-old White Plains resident, told officers he took Dane Robinson, 23, from 70 Ferris Ave. to the Galleria mall, where Robinson used a $100 bill to pay the fare. After giving Robinson $90 in change, the driver tried to use the $100 bill at a 7-Eleven and was told the money was counterfeit.

The driver reported the incident to police at 10:10 a.m. and flagged down an officer 20 minutes later when Robinson and a friend sought a second ride.

According to police reports, officers discovered two other fake $100 bills shredded in a nearby parking garage. Police said they learned that all three bills came from Robinson after noticing the same serial number on the counterfeit bills.

Robinson was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree possession of a forged instrument, a felony.

Other in the blotter:

- An employee at the White Plains Presbyterian Church alerted police after she discovered graffiti on a nearby city bench Monday afternoon. The maintenance worker told police the graffiti, which included racial slurs, was not on the city bench near 39 N. Broadway last week. A few hours later, officers discovered a second batch of graffiti at 252 Main St. construction site. The tags, discovered on a wooden wall Monday, included "BOC," "128," an expletive message directed at Wal-Mart, and a large drawing of a white dog.

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