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Doug Ross, The Times

A South Bend man was arrested Wednesday with more than $1,000 in counterfeit bills, a handgun and detailed instructions on how to make fake bills, NICTD Transit Police said.

Timothy Ross, 33, is accused of attempting to pay his fare to South Bend with the counterfeit bills after boarding a South Shore Line commuter train about 6 p.m. in Hammond.

Ross presented the bogus money to a conductor, who notified Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Transit Police, said Robert Byrd, police chief.

NICTD Transit Police Officer Raul Agosto boarded the train at East Chicago and removed Ross for an interview, he said. Agosto found the counterfeit money, instructions and handgun on Ross during a pat down for officer safety, Byrd said.

Ross also was carrying the handgun without a permit, Byrd said. 

Ross was wanted by Elkhart County authorities for failure to appear on a criminal recklessness charge. He is being held at Lake County Jail pending charges, Byrd said.

The investigation into Ross is ongoing at the local and federal levels, he said.

Anyone with information about Ross is asked to call Transit Police at 219-398-6000. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.