MARKED TREE, AR (KAIT) – Marked Tree Police have been investigating what could be a string of counterfeit cases in Poinsett County.
According to Detective Larry Jones with the Marked Tree Police Department, a man, woman and at least two children can be seen on surveillance video minutes after the man used a counterfeit $100 bill to purchase Subway sandwiches. Police believe the four people are part of a family.
"The male subject passed the $100 bill and once it was passed, due to the volume of people in the store, she (clerk) just put it into her register," said Jones.
Jones said this is his first counterfeit case he's worked in Marked Tree since being hired earlier this year. He said the odd thing about this case is the size of the counterfeit bill.
""One hundred dollar bills are not as common when they try to pass them, and they seem to be real comfortable when passing them," said Jones. "They use the ink pen mark on them. It shows to be fake by putting the mark on it, and also by looking at the $100 bill, there are a couple of indicators that stand out to us."
Jones said the incident took place at Jordan's Kwik Stop in Marked Tree May 1. The business discovered the funny money shortly afterwards.
"As they checked it when they got a break, it was determined by the ink marks and identification that it was counterfeit," said Jones.
Jones is asking for help in identifying the people in the surveillance video. He said employees told him the couple was on vacation from Utah. He also said the crime may not stop there.
"There are approximately six to eight receipts here. Being so close, we're not ruling out the fact that they go to our surrounding counties, where we know they're working some as well," said Jones.
If you can help police identify the suspects, you are urged to contact Marked Tree Police at 870-358-2024.
"We were pretty lucky. They had just updated their video surveillance so we do have very clear pictures. Obviously, it is video, but it's better than what we have most of the time," said Jones.