Moped theft case expands to counterfeiting

Michael B. Purdue
Michael B. Purdue

Columbus police arrested a man for allegedly stealing a moped Friday, but they also discovered fake money.

Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police department, says that officers were called to the 1500 block of 13th Street at about 2 p.m. Friday after a woman reported her moped was stolen.

Police located 44-year-old Michael B. Purdue on the moped, Harris said. He allegedly told police that he had to hot-wire it because he had lost the key. He was arrested and during a search, officers allegedly discovered two fake $100 bills in his wallet.

Purdue is facing preliminary charges of Auto Theft, Counterfeiting/Forgery and a warrant for a parole violation.