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Saturday, September 21, 2019 1:00 am

Stop nets gun, stolen car, $11,000 in fake bills

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

More than $11,000 in counterfeit bills were discovered in a stolen black Cadillac on Archer Avenue after police were called on a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Nathan K. Rhymer, 29, of Decatur, was questioned along with two companions, and he received gun and counterfeiting charges as a result of the traffic stop Thursday around 9:30 p.m.

First, Rhymer told police the vehicle was his and said he had the title.

A check with the National Crime Information Center indicated that the Cadillac was stolen and had been purchased with counterfeit money. The NCIC report said the vehicle was probably en route to Fort Wayne or Indianapolis. 

During a search of the vehicle, police immediately noticed a black and purple SCCY 9 mm handgun lying on the floorboard of the driver's seat. One of the passengers said the gun had been moved by Rhymer to that location as officers approached the vehicle. Rhymer was seated in the front passenger seat. 

Officers then located a stash of counterfeit money totaling just over $1,700 and a bookbag with more than $9,300 in fake money and printer paper.

Underneath the book bag, there was a white printer with a diagram showing a dollar bill and instructions for which way to face the printer when printing counterfeit money.

The final count was $11,086 in counterfeit money, including several hundred bills of all denominations with multiple serial numbers. 

Rhymer was charged Friday with unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, carrying a handgun as a felon, counterfeiting and theft. 

He was being held at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $18,250 and has a court hearing Wednesday.

jduffy@jg.net