Teen arrested for trying to buy car with movie prop money

SHELBY COUNTY, IN – A Craigslist sale turned into a crime scene, after an Indiana teen is arrested for trying to buy a car with movie prop money.

FOX's Lindsey Eaton has more on the story from Shelby County.

At a glance it looks a bit like a $100 bill, but when you really look closely at this bill. You can see this money isn't made for spending.

Police say 18-year-old Austin Davis had arranged to meet up with a husband and wife who were selling this car on Craigslist.

After a test drive, Davis supposedly decided he wanted to buy the 2003 black Nissan, so he handed over $7600. 

"He said you can count it, just as the victim started counting it, the defendant took off very quickly and that got his attention, he looked closer, saw what it said,"

Every single $100 bill had this line 'For Motion Picture Use Only' printed on the front and the back. 
Once the victim saw that, he ran into McDonalds and even had them test it with their counterfeit marker. 

Then he tried to chase down Davis, but he was gone in their car.

"The victim was very upset. He vowed to help us in any way he can," police told FOX.

For about five miles, Davis was able to pull a fast one.

Just by dumb luck, a police officer happened to spot him driving a car with the plates off of it.  They had taken the plates off because they were doing the exchange and stopped it.

The police report says officers found $10,000 in movie money on Davis, and the eighteen-year-old told them he bought it all on E-bay for $20.

Instead of rolling credits, it was a confession at the end of this scene; Davis told police 'he knew what he did was wrong and that it was stupid.'

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