Elizabethtown man passed counterfeit bills, police say BY CINDY STAUFFER, Staff Writer
An Elizabethtown man printed his own money, but he didn't get very far when he tried to spend it, police said.
Police caught up to Larry R. Dalessandri, 33, and charged him with seven felony counts related to manufacturing and passing counterfeit money.
Police said Dalessandri used or tried to use counterfeit money at a hardware store, a restaurant and a convenience store within a two-hour period March 8. He was arrested later that day.
Dalessandri later admitted to passing the counterfeit bills, which he said he made on a copier at his Misty Drive home, according to a criminal complaint.
Northwest Regional police Detective Ken Henry declined to say what kind of copier Dalessandri used, but he said, "It was a semi-elaborate system."
Police said Dalessandri first went to J.B. Hostetter True Value on March 8 and tried to buy $379.09 worth of merchandise with fake money. But the store did not make the sale, and an employee called police.
The store provided police with a video that showed a man at the Mount Joy Township business.
About an hour later, a man went into Beanie's restaurant in Mount Joy and passed two fake $20 bills, police said. The manager told police the man who passed the bills was a regular, identifying him as Dalessandri, according to the criminal complaint.
An hour after that, the owner of the Sunoco A-Plus Market in Mount Joy Township called police saying he had received three counterfeit bills from a man. He also had a video showing the man.
Police said the video showed the same man who had tried to use the fake bills at J.B. Hostetter.
Police located Dalessandri, who admitted to possessing and passing the fake money at the hardware store and convenience market, according to the complaint.
Dalessandri was in Lancaster County Prison last week after not posting $5,000 bail.
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