Police warn merchants of counterfeit $20 bills

February 02, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Westminster police are warning merchants to beware of counterfeit $20 bills being passed at area shopping centers.

Nineteen counterfeit bills, which appear to be lighter green than a genuine $20 bill -- "as if they have gone through the wash" -- have been confiscated since Saturday, police said.

The U.S. Secret Service has been notified, and police are seeking several young male suspects and at least one young female. The suspects, described as ages 18 to 23, approached sales clerks at Cranberry Mall businesses, Metro Food Market, Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers' Market and Ledo Pizza. They made purchases and paid with bogus bills or asked for a $100 bill for five $20 bills, police said.

Any employee suspicious of a counterfeit bill should tell a supervisor or call police. If the bill is counterfeit, the suspect generally will leave while it is being checked, police said. Passing or attempting to pass counterfeit money carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, police said.

Pub Date: 2/02/99

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