DECATUR — A woman who paid for a yard sale china hutch with a fake $100 bill Monday was arrested a few hours later and booked on a preliminary charge of forgery, police said.

A sworn police affidavit said the 38-year-old woman had bought the hutch for $75 about 4 p.m from a sale in the 1300 block of East Division Street.

The owner gave her $25 in change and said he only realized the $100 bill was fake when he pulled it out to pay for a convenience store purchase and saw it had “pink colored writing on it.”

The woman was traced quickly and taken into custody at 6:43 p.m. She told police she had spent the $25 on cannabis and then handed officers a crack pipe kept in a cigarette package held under her bra strap, the affidavit said.

She was then booked on an additional preliminary charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state's attorney's office.

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