JPD investigating recent counterfeit cash incidents

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police are investigating recent incidents involving counterfeit money.

According to police at approximately 12:50 p.m. Tuesday a white male driving a red truck attempted to purchase syringes with a counterfeit $50 bill at the Country Mart Pharmacy drive-through window located at 3106 Southwest Drive.

"One of the managers went out to talk with him and was going to try to get him to stay until the police arrived, and by the time that the manager made it outside he'd already left," said Detective Rodney Smith.

Police said the man asked the manager not to call police because he is on probation. When the manager did not agree, the man paid for the syringes using a valid currency before leaving the store.

Thirteen reports from March 7 to March 27 show people made purchases primarily using counterfeit $10 bills at restaurants, gas stations and stores located along Highland, Johnson and Caraway.

About three hours after the incident at Country Mart, Team Klean Car Wash manager Michael Kraus reported to officers when he attempted to make a bank deposit for Team Klean a teller informed him that a $5 bill in the deposit was counterfeit.

The general manager of Electric Cowboy reported a similar incident with a $10 bill.

Detective Rodney Smith said in many of the cases the physical characteristics easily reveal the counterfeits, but the police are also tracking other features that are exclusive to legal currency.

"It's still an active investigation. We'll compare all the serial numbers on these bills and see if any of them are linked together, see how they're made. There's different types of techniques of printing them that help to distinguish bills," Detective Smith said. "We'll look at all those ways and also the Secret Service will probably be involved in it."

The manager, who did not want to be interviewed on camera, recorded a license plate number from the car of the man at the pharmacy.  Police are working to confirm the plate number.

Anyone with information about the man in the video or counterfeit money is urged to call Crimestoppers at 935-STOP.

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