Two young women from New York were charged Thursday night with attempting to use counterfeit $100 bills at Westport stores.

Police said the pair -- identified as Alexandra Bahamon, 18, of Jackson Heights, N.Y., and Emillyne Dakota Montes, 19, of East Elmhurst, N.Y. -- were nabbed near the Fairfield border about 8:15 p.m. Thursday as they fled after a clerk at Pet Supplies Plus reported they had attempted to pass a phoney $100 bill at that store.

When the women's red Mazda was stopped, the Pet Supplies Plus manager was driven to the scene and identified the pair as the suspects, police said.

Merchandise from another Westport retailer, Home Goods, was found in the car by the officer. Those items, purchased about a half hour earlier, were bought with a $100 bill also later determined to be counterfeit, police said.

More counterfeit bills -- a total of 34, police said -- were found in the car, as well as bags of change from inexpensive purchases with the fake $100s, according to the report.

Both women were booked at police headquarters, but the investigation continues in conjunction with the Secret Service.

Bahamon and Montes both were charged with 34 counts of first-degree forgery, sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, and criminal attempt at sixth-degree larceny.

Both were held on $25,000 bonds and scheduled to appear Dec. 13 in Norwalk Superior Court.