Two arrested Sunday on counterfeiting charges in Ottawa

OTTAWA — Two men were taken into custody Sunday after passing counterfeit bills in Ottawa.

Ottawa police were dispatched at approximately 2:30 p.m. Sunday to the Party Mart store at 746 N. Perry St. in reference to two males attempting to pass counterfeit currency.

While the incident was being investigated, one of the males — later identified as Paul Bakle of Grover Hill — fled on foot. He was quickly apprehended without incident following a brief pursuit in the 400 block of North Maple Street and was taken to Mercy Health Putnam Medical Center for evaluation. Bakle was then taken to the Putnam County jail to face pending criminal charges.

The other man involved in the counterfeiting indecent, Matthew Sage of Piqua, was also arrested without incident.

It was later learned that the men had used or attempted to use counterfeit bills at the Arby’s and McDonald’s restaurants in Ottawa.

Assisting in the incident were the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Leipsic and Columbus Grove police departments and Putnam County EMS.

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