'Convincing' fake bills spur warning from Dalton police

'Convincing' fake bills spur warning from Dalton police

February 2nd, 2012 by Staff Report in News

Counterfeit $100 bill discovered by Dalton Police

Counterfeit $100 bill discovered by Dalton Police

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

The Dalton Police Department is investigating counterfeit $100 bills that were used at three local businesses.

Investigators warn the bills are very hard to spot because they are printed as a 1985 series bill, which comes without security features such as the transparent watermark that newer bills would have, police spokesman Bruce Frazier said.

The bills also pass a test with a counterfeit marker, indicating that they are printed on actual bills that have been washed out and reprinted as $100 bills.

"Each bill is very convincing," Frazier said.

The bills last were used Thursday and Friday at Gondolier Pizza on Thornton Avenue, La Bendicion Pupuseria Salvadorena on Smith Industrial Boulevard and the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 1320 Glenwood Ave., Frazier said.

Cashiers were able to recall a man after later determining that the bills were counterfeit.

At both the restaurants, a man paid with a fake $100 bill and left after collecting his change. In both instances, he told cashiers he would return to pick up his food, but never did.

Cashiers recalled a slim black man about 5 feet, 9 inches tall with braided hair.

The three counterfeit $100 bills identified are identical with the serial number E51485287A.

Anyone with information may call Detective Greg Bates at 706-278-9085, ext. 137.