A suspect using a Facebook account to arrange the purchase and sale of items with counterfeit currency was arrested last week.
Monroe police arrested 21-year-old Orlando Montreal Bolden on Sept. 1 on suspicion of two counts of monetary instrument abuse, one count of simple robbery and one count of illegal possession of stolen firearms.
Bolden was commonly known for using his Facebook profile “Lit Monroe (Louisiana Treal)” to make arrangements to buy and sell items.
Bolden met his first known victim at 301 Louisville Ave. in Monroe to buy an XBOX One, and a game for $300. The victim posted the items for sale on a Facebook sell/trade site; Bolden messaged the victim agreeing to buy the listed items. Bolden paid for the items with two counterfeit $100 bills, and one real $100 bill.
On Aug. 24, 2016 Bolden met his second known victim at 1600 Riverside Drive in Monroe to purchase a pair of shoes for $40; the victim had posted the shoes on Facebook. The suspect put the shoes on and asked the victim if they had change for a $100 bill. The victim produced $60, which the suspect snatched from the victim then ran away.
On Aug. 30, Bolden met his third victim at 501 Louisville Ave. in Monroe. The victim was selling two Scorpion stun guns for $15 each. Bolden gave the victim a counterfeit $100 bill, and they gave Bolden $70 in change.
On Sept. 1, Monroe police received knowledge that Bolden was to meet someone at 1 Olive St. in Monroe to “purchase” two handguns that were posted on Facebook. With the information provided police were able to intercept the suspect at the location where he was apprehended and arrested.
Bolden was booked at the Ouachita Parish Correctional Center with bond set at $40,000.
Several stolen items have been recovered through this arrest.
If you have any additional information regarding Bolden receiving/selling stolen goods and/or passing counterfeit bills, please contact the Monroe Police Department at (318) 329-2600, on the MPD Facebook page, on the MPD app or via Crimestoppers at (318) 388-CASH (2274).
Monroe Police want to remind the public that when buying/selling any items posted on social media to meet the buyer/seller in a public place. As a reminder the Monroe Police department has designated 700 Wood St (Monroe Police downtown location) a Transaction Safe Place and reserved two parking spaces for citizens. Police want to encourage all citizen to utilize this location; inside the lobby or in the parking lot. This will drastically reduce the chances of becoming a victim of a crime.
All of the crimes allegedly committed by Bolden were set up and focused around using Facebook sell/trade sites.