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      Suspect sought in use of funny money

      UPDATED 3-30-13 7:36 p.m.

      Authorities have arrested a man and woman who allegedly used counterfeit bills to make purchases at several area businesses.

      Mark Autrey, 44, of Kirksville is sitting behind bars after authorities say he created, printed and used counterfeit $20 bills.

      According to court documents, Autrey used the funny money as payment to purchase items from many businesses along Baltimore Street, including the Ayerco Convenience Store, McDonalds, Taco Bell, and even tried to pay a Walmart cashier with the fake bills.

      Once the cashier checked the bills with a security marker, it indicated that the bills were indeed counterfeit.

      We've learned that Autrey didn't act alone. His wife Brenda Autrey, 45, of Kirksville, was also arrested.

      According to documents, she admitted to police that she observed her husband making the fake bills and admitted that she and Mark Autrey were methamphetamine users.

      Authorities searched the couple's home and found the computer devices used to make the counterfeit money. While in the couple's home, investigators located paraphernalia used to produce meth and marijuana.

      The Autrey couple is sitting in the Adair County jail facing five counts of forgery and another charge of possession of a controled substance. Both on a $25,000 cash-only bond.


      Kirksville police are investigating the use of counterfeit $20 bills that were used at area businesses to make purchases.

      The bills were used at four businesses along Baltimore Street last week.

      The suspect passing the fake bills is described as a white male, possibly in his 30-40â??s, stocky build, wearing a camouflage beanie hat, brown coat, green T-shirt and jeans. He was driving a black mid-sized vehicle.

      Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945 or anonymously at 660-627-BUST (2878) or email provided by Kirksville Police Department