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Fake $100 Bills Used at Mall Store on 'Black Friday'

L.I. man accused of using fake bills to make purchases at Palisades Center.

As shoppers were taking part of the hectic post-Thanksgiving holiday spending spree at Palisades Center mall on "Black Friday," not all the cash being exchaged was real.

Clarkstown police said six fake $100 bills were used to make purchases at the Lord and Taylor department store at the mall in West Nyack. A Long Island man has been arrested in connection with the bogus bills.

Police said Lucas Carnell, 20, of Freeport, NY, was arrested about 5:40 p.m. on Friday after buying four clothing items worth $578.76 with six $100 bills. Police said store workers discovered the bills were fake and alerted police.

Carnell, police said, was taken into custody after a brief foot chase at the mall. After his arrested, police said they found Carnell had four more fake $100 bills.

Carnell was arraigned in Clarkstown Town Court in New City and ordered held at the Rockland County Correctional Facility in New City on $10,000 bail pending a hearing on charges of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and petty larceny.

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