Counterfeit bills hit Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs — Something was funny about the money Wendy’s Restaurant shift supervisor Rose Gonzalez was handed Tuesday afternoon.
“All of the ink just bled off,” said Gonzalez, who handled the $50 bill with her wet hand.
The customer had been given his change but was still at the counter when the ink bled off, she said. “He kind of looked in a sly way and just walked out,” Gonzales said.
She said the man was in his early 20s.
Other businesses may want to beware, there is some funny money being passed in Steamboat Springs.
In the past three days, more than $600 in counterfeit bills has been discovered and taken into evidence by the Steamboat Springs Police Department.
“With the number that we’ve had yesterday and today, it is not just bills in circulation,” Police Capt. Joel Rae said Wednesday. “There are counterfeit bills being passed in Steamboat.”
At least nine stores have encountered fake bills including two liquor stores, a hardware store, a business that sells eyewear and a floral shop.
A fake $20 bill showed up at a downtown bank.
Detectives are investigating the incidents.
“We have leads that we are following up on,” Rae said.
Counterfeit bills in these quantities in Steamboat are a rare occurrence.
“We’ve had them come through occasionally, but I don’t think we’ve had this many come in the last 10 years,” Rae said.
He strongly encouraged businesses to use the security features found on U.S. currency.
“There are several security features on new and old money,” Rae said. “They need to be aware of the money that they are accepting for payment,” Rae said.
People can visit http://www.moneyfactory.gov for information on the currency security features such as watermarks and micro-printed type.
Rae also said people can be good witnesses by being able to provide a description of a person they think might have tried to pass a counterfeit bill.
People with information can contact the Steamboat Springs Police Department at 879-4344.
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