Stolen vehicle leads to counterfeiting charges

Michelle Saldana, 21, was booked into Potter County on three counts of Forgery Government/National Instrument/Money and one count of Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon after she was stopped during a stolen vehicle investigation over the weekend.

Amarillo Police Department recovered counterfeit money during a stolen vehicle investigation.

On April 27 at 4:15 p.m., Amarillo police officers were dispatched to the 3100 block of S. Taylor on a stolen vehicle report. The owner reported she had parked her 1999 Mercury in the driveway on Saturday evening, but it was gone when she went outside Sunday afternoon.

At around 5:40 p.m., APD officers were responding to the area of NW 9th and Louisiana on the recovered stolen Mercury. Upon arrival, officers observed several people standing around the stolen Mercury.

They were also directing officers to a black 2001 Jeep that was leaving the area at a high rate of speed as being involved in the stolen vehicle report.

Officers were advised that there were a female and male occupant in the Jeep. Officers pursued the Jeep and stopped it at NW 11th and Tennessee.

At the time of the stop, there was a female driver, but no passenger. Officers observed what appeared to be an illegal knife sitting in the console between the driver and passenger seat. Officers recovered a 6" double bladed knife from the vehicle.

Upon further investigation of the Jeep, offiers located three counterfiet $20 bills, a printer and five copies of counterfiet $20 bills that had not been cut out yet. All items were taken and booked as evidence.

The driver was identified as Michelle Nicole Saldana, 21. She was transported to Potter County where she was booked into jail on three charges of Forgery Government/National Instrument/Money and one count of Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon.

The stolen Mercury was returned to the owner. Both incidents remain under investigation.