On May 25th at approximately 4:49 p.m. Officer Shannon Plourde of the Lewisburg Police Dept. was dispatched to the Dollar General Market at 961 North Ellington Parkway in regards to counterfeit money. Officer Plourde spoke with the Manager, Randall McDonald. Mr. McDonald stated that around 2:21 p.m. a black male came in and purchased paper plates and red solo cups. He said the male was wearing a white t-shift and khakis and overheard the male saying he owned a BBQ business. The male later identified as Tony Lawshea, then was distracting the cashier asking her if she wanted some BBQ later and that he would bring some back to her. While this was going on Mr. Lawshea handed her a counterfeit $100 bill.
In a video which occurred at 4:17 p.m., Mr. Lawshea returned and brought the promised BBQ back to the cashiers. He then proceeded to buy cigarettes and again held the cashier’s attention. He was telling the cashier where she could locate him on Woodlawn Avenue. She, like the other cashier, wasn’t paying attention to him when he passed another counterfeit $100 bill. This time he was wearing a white t-shirt and blue basketball shorts. Officer Plourde then left and headed to Woodlawn Avenue. When driving down the dead end of Woodlawn Avenue the last house is numbered 815. Officer Plourde asked for another unit to assist her because she saw Mr. Lawshea sitting in the back yard. He was wearing the white t-shirt and blue basketball shorts that was on video. Upon arrival the officers asked Mr. Lawshea for an ID. He then asked what the problem was and he was advised that he matched the description given by Dollar General Market. He was questioned if he had been there on that day. He stated that no he had never left the house. He then retracted that statement and stated that he went there earlier, maybe around 11. He stated that he bought some paper plates.
Mr. Lawshea returned to Dollar General on May 26th in the morning asking to return whatever money he owed them. Another Mananger, Kaleb Marshall was unaware of the situation and asked him to come back later.
Warrants were obtained for two counts of Criminal Simulation. Officer Anthony Mclean and Cpl. Loony Cook went to 815 Woodlawn to serve Mr. Lawshea. As he was being arrested Mr. Lawshea stated that a man from Fayetteville had purchased slabs of ribs from him and paid him with 2 counterfeit $100 bills. He said he went to Dollar General and tried to give them $200 but they wouldn’t accept it. Mr. Lawshea’s court date in Lewisburg City Court is June 24th at 1 p.m. He was given a $6,000 bond.