SARASOTA -- Two men were charged with using counterfeit $100 bills in Siesta Key at multiple convenience stores and bars Thursday night and early Friday morning, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.
Zachery Brewer, 25, and Erik Brittain, 33, both of Sarasota, went into three different convenience stores in the Siesta Key area, using multiple fraudulent $100 bills to pay for assorted merchandise, according to deputies.
Some locations accepted the bills and later realized they were counterfeit and others refused to accept the bills, according to a release. Both Brewer and Brittain were caught on multiple security cameras.
Witnesses said the suspects were driving in a red Jeep Wrangler with a black top, and deputies stopped a vehicle on Bee Ridge Road that matched the description.
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Brewer was the only one in the car at the time, according to deputies. He matched the description of the store clerks, who were brought to the scene and all positively identified him. Brewer denied going to Siesta Key at any point during the night, deputies said.
Brewer said he'd just dropped off a friend on Hillview Street, and officers located Brittain exiting an apartment complex in the area. Deputies said he matched the description and his clothes were the same ones seen in surveillance videos.
Brittain admitted to the crimes, according to the release. Brittain has a past record of more than a dozen arrests in cocaine trafficking, child neglect and armed home robbery, according to deputies.
Brewer and Brittain tried to pass off the fake bills at 7-11s at 6619 Midnight Pass Road, 5232 Ocean Boulevard and 6104 South Tamiami Trail, according to a report. They are both facing three charges for each incident of uttering fraudulent bills.
Both suspects are also charged with violation of probation and Brewer is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.