COPPERAS COVE — Police arrested a man on Friday after he allegedly used counterfeit money to purchase items and tried to swallow the bills when approached by officers.

On Saturday, Justice of the Peace William Price arraigned Robert Lyle Guthrie, 42, on multiple charges including two counts of forgery of government documents and two counts of tampering with/fabrication of physical evidence.

He was held on $20,000 bond and remained in Coryell County Jail on Monday night.

Officers were called to Dollar General in Cove Terrace Shopping Center after management believed Guthrie purchased a pair of orange work gloves with a counterfeit $10 bill.

According to reports, police caught Guthrie locked in the bathroom of Century 21 Real Estate, also in Cove Terrace Shopping Center.

When they cuffed him, they reportedly noticed something in his mouth. Police said they found three $5 bills, two of which were counterfeit, and two $1 bills. Guthrie also allegedly purchased a pair of Levi jeans at the Army Store in the shopping center with a counterfeit $20 bill.

Officers said there were no security strips on the bills and the ink was fading.

In an unrelated case, Judge William Price arraigned Justin Ray Vinson on Sunday on $3,000 bond on charges of unlawful restraint and $5,000 bond for assault of a family member.

Vinson, 23, is accused of strangling his girlfriend until she became unconscious and threatening to kill her and any officers who tried to arrest him.

He remained in Coryell County Jail as of Monday night.

Contact Wendy Sledd at or (254) 501-7476

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