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Napa Woman Passed Counterfeit Money, Police Say

Karen Lombardi, 53, was arrested Tuesday after store employees identified her as having passed fake $20 bills, according to a Napa Police Department spokesman. Arrest information does not indicate a conviction.

Napa police arrested a woman Tuesday at noon on suspicion of forgery after reports she had used counterfeit money to shop at local stores, according to a bulletin from Capt. Jeff Troendly of the Napa Police Department:

During the past few weeks, Karen Lombardi (53 yrs. of Napa) has been suspected of passing counterfeit $20 bills to purchase items at several locations including Target located at 205 Soscol Ave. Lombardi was later identified by witnesses and arrested in the 1700 block of First St.

Lombardi was booked at the Napa County Department of Corrections, Troendly said.

In other recent arrests, two Napa teenagers were arrested at a downtown department store Saturday at about 11:20 a.m., Troendly said.

After a Kohl's employee contacted police to report the return of someone who had previously stolen from the store, the responding officer spoke with a group of people and found that Michael Mortimer, 19, was wanted on a warrant for resisting arrest and that Manuel Ochoa, 18, was a suspect in a theft from Kohl's the previous day, Troendly said in an email.

"The investigation revealed that there was enough cause to arrest Ochoa for Burglary and Conspiracy. Both subjects were arrested and booked," Troendly wrote.

Saturday afternoon at about 2 p.m., an officer on patrol in Napa stopped a vehicle driven by Omar Ayala at Avon and Harrison avenues and discovered that Ayala was wanted on a warrant for being under the influence of a controlled substance and was also on probation with search terms, Troendly said.

A search turned up methamphetamine in his vehicle and Ayala was arrested and booked on the warrant and on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and violating probation, Troendly said.

Arrest information does not indicate convictions.

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