Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Ronald PEREIRA (Utter Counterfeit, Disorderly)

On February 11,2017 at approx. 1:20 pm while in marked unit East 2 I was dispatched to Burger King at 185 Somerville Ave for a reported counterfeit bill being passed. Officer Tyler Sousa was also dispatched as back-up. Upon arrival I entered the store and was approached by the manager, XXXXX. 

          XXXXX stated that her employee, YYYYY, received a counterfeit $20 bill from a customer and notified her immediately when the counterfeit pen showed positive and the safe would not accept the bill. XXXXX handed me the bill and right away I could tell it was missing identifying features and that it was counterfeit. I spoke with the employee, YYYYY, who stated the same facts as her manager to me. YYYYY stated she tried to tell the person it was a fake bill but he just yelled at her and she was frightened so she gave him his food so he would leave. I asked if the person who passed the bill was still in restaurant and she pointed to a male party later identified as, Ronald Pereira, who walked up to me at counter. 

          I asked Mr Pereira if he passed the bill as payment as I showed it to him. Mr Pereira immediately flew into a rage screaming at me, “You fucking telling me I passed a fucking bill!” I asked Mr Pereira if he knew the bill was counterfeit and he stated,” Yeah I fucking did, what’s the big fucking deal.” The restaurant was crowded at this time of day and I asked Mr Pereira multiple times to lower his voice and watch his language. Numerous parents were in line with children that began to clutch onto them because of Mr Pereira screaming and using obscenities.

         Mr Pereira continued his tirade until I escorted him outside where I placed him under arrest for disorderly conduct and uttering a false note. Mr Pereira was transported to the station via 200 and booked by Lt DiGregorio. The bill was entered into evidence under tag # 17008865-2 and placed into secure evidence locker #4. Secret Service Agent Hanley was also called and notified of the arrest and seizure of counterfeit bill.


Respectfully submitted,


Officer Alan Monaco #234

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