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Posted on: December 4, 2018

Police Press Release - Bethlehem Police Arrest Guilderland Man in Counterfeit Currency Investigation

Ruf mugshot

            On November 20, 2018, the Bethlehem Police Department commenced an investigation in regards to a town resident who had attempted to sell an item on Craigslist, and in turn received several hundred dollars in counterfeit United States currency during the transaction. 

            During the course of the investigation members of the Bethlehem Police Department and United States Secret Service set up the sale of another item to the suspect on Monday, December 3, 2018.  The suspect showed up for the meeting and agreed to purchase the item and once again turned over several hundred dollars in counterfeit United States currency to the undercover police officer conducting the transaction.

            As police attempted to arrest the suspect he fled in his vehicle and drove towards police, almost striking a US Secret Service Agent with his vehicle.  The suspect engaged police in a vehicle pursuit through Bethlehem, Albany and Rensselaer.  Police terminated the pursuit in Rensselaer due to the reckless nature of the suspect’s driving. 

            Within a few hours the suspect and vehicle were located by Bethlehem Police at a residence in the Town of Guilderland.  With the assistance of Guilderland Police and the US Secret Service the suspect was taken into custody without incident and the vehicle was impounded.

            Arrested was Adam N. Ruf, 29, of Guilderland.  Ruf was charged in regards to the original incident from November and the incident which took place on December 3rd.  He was charged with a total of 59 counts of felony Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the first degree, felony counts of Reckless Endangerment in the first degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the third degree, Scheme to Defraud in the first degree, two misdemeanor counts of Petit Larceny, misdemeanor counts of Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer in the third degree, Reckless Driving, and Vehicle and Traffic violations of Failing to Obey a Police Officer, Speed in Zone, Speed Exceeding the State Limit, and Passing in a No-Passing Zone.

            Ruf was arraigned in the Town of Bethlehem Court by the Honorable Judge Ryan Donovan and remanded to the Albany County Jail without bail.  He is scheduled to return to the Town of Bethlehem Court on Friday, December 7, 2018, at 9:00 AM, for a preliminary hearing.

            This case was jointly investigated with the United States Secret Service, and Bethlehem Police were assisted by Guilderland Police and the Capital Region Crime Analysis Center.

            The Bethlehem Police give the following suggestions for people who are conducting transactions over internet purchases:

  • Always meet in a well-lit, populated area
  • Obtain as much information about the person you are dealing with as possible
  • Bring another person with you as a witness
  • Keep track of license plates, phone numbers and email address that people use in the transactions
  • Use a counterfeit currency detection pen as one method to review the money

Anyone with further information in regards to this case, or who was a victim of a similar incident, is asked to contact Bethlehem Police at 518-439-9973.

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