Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 10-028

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 21, 2010
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    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8059

    Two Caught Passing Counterfeit Bills

    Two men arrested after caught passing counterfeit bills.
    • Wednesday
    • January 20, 2010
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Gibsonton, FL

    On January 20, 2010 at approximately 6:34 a.m. Rodger Fowler attempted to pass a counterfeit $100.00 bill at the Kangaroo Express gas station. Fowler fled the store when the clerk told him the bill was fake. Fowler got into a black Honda Del Sol driven by Mark Lockwood and fled the area. Deputy Woods responded to the store and viewed the surveillance video and recognized the subject as Rodger Fowler from previous contacts. Deputy Woods obtained a positive identification from the store clerks and notified the Secret Service. Deputy Woods and Deputy Merkle utilized their many resources within the community and located Fowler and Lockwood at their residence. A search revealed 16 more counterfeit $100 bills and the original genuine $100 in Fowler’s possession. Through the course of the investigation it was learned that Fowler had in his possession a .38 caliber handgun. Fowler was also charged with felon in possession of a handgun. Mark Lockwood was also identified as passing a counterfeit $100 at Burger King in Sun City Center and charged with Uttering a Forged Bill. Secret Service agents responded and interviewed both subjects.

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