Counterfeit Money Passed at Two Businesses
Suspect attempted to make purchase with fake $50 bill.
Police are currently investigating two incidents of forgery at Dacula area businesses.
On Jan. 16, a male suspect entered the Dacula Ingles store and asked an employee to make change for a $50 bill.
According to the police report, the employee did not believe the bill was authentic and tested it with a counterfeit bill detector marker. Upon determining the money was fake, the employee advised the suspect he was not going to provide change for the bill.
The employee told police the suspect became upset and demanded the employee return the bill. When the employee refused, the suspect left the store. The employee said he noticed what appeared to be more counterfeit bills sticking out of the suspect’s pocket.
Within minutes, the investigating officer was dispatched to the Sonic on Dacula Road. An employee said a male suspect placed a food order totaling $7.71. When the employee delivered the food, the suspect handed her a $50 bill as payment. After the employee went inside the store to get change, the suspect drove away. The bill was later determined to be counterfeit.
The suspect is described as a white male with black hair and a foreign accent. He was last seen driving a dark gray Jeep Wrangler.
Both cases are listed as active investigations.
Ofc. Heather Stafford, community relations officer for GCPD’s East Precinct, said the best way to determine a bill’s authenticity is to look for the security strip embedded in the bill and the watermark of the president’s head. Stafford said the watermarked image should match the president depicted on the face of the bill. Stafford advised the marker test can be defeated, but the watermark and security strip cannot be easily duplicated. Stafford also recommends feeling the bill. Counterfeit bills will usually feel different from real bills, Stafford said.
Other recent Dacula area incidents investigated by Gwinnett County Police include:
- Theft in the 3000 block of Pucketts Mill Road.
- Theft in the 3500 block of Cosmo Court.
- Financial transaction card theft in the 4300 block of Saddlecreek Court.
- Assault in the 3900 block of Pine Gorge Court.
- Burglary in the 2400 block of Hamilton Mill Road.
- Death in the 2600 block of Colleen Lane.
- Assault in the 330 block of Walker’s Ridge Court.
- Battery in the 600 block of Dacula Road.
- Burglary in the 800 block of Harbins Road.