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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- South Portland police arrested a man Monday after recovering more than $1000 in counterfeit $100 bills.

A police officer was patrolling the Maine Mall when a store employee approached him and said a young female had attempted to buy an item with an obvious $100 counterfeit bill. The officer located the female, a 16-year-old juvenile, and spoke with her. The conversation revealed that there were three other juvenile females from New York City at the mall trying to use similar bills.

Police detained all four juvenile females and recovered over $1000 in counterfeit $100 bills. Police also found the man who allegedly took them to the Maine Mall hiding in the mall bathroom, Andrew D. Cupidore, 20, of New York. Police arrested and charged him with Aggravated Forgery and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Police suspect Cupidore of bringing the juveniles to New England with the purpose of of having them use the counterfeit money to take the legitimate currency they received as change.

Cumberland County Jail is holding Cupidore on $25,000 cash bail. All four juveniles are at the Long Creek Detention Facility. Police are continuing the investigating and said more arrests are likely.

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