Cville Police Ask Public to be Wary of Counterfeit Money
Charlottesville police are on the lookout for people who have been distributing counterfeit $100 bills.
Both the Catch the Chef Mobile Eatery and the Lucky 7 convenient store lost money to the criminals.
Tyler Berry runs Catch the Chef Mobile Eatery on the downtown mall. “I was in the heat of the moment, I was working, I had a couple other customers at the time, you know those things just don't cross your mind,” he said.
Berry says a man handed him a $100 bill Friday, and being distracted, he didn't catch the slight giveaway. Berry says a different man tried to give him another fake bill later that same day, and that time he was ready.
"I had purchased a counterfeit ink pen so I was able to mark it, distinguish it wasn't real, and radioed the police." stated Berry.
Early Thursday morning, clerks at the Lucky 7 convenience store on East Market Street say they were also ripped off.
Jeremy Lamb, Lucky 7 co-manager said, "They're actually well done fakes, I mean if you're busy and have a line of 5 or 6 customers, it would be extremely easy to take that and not, you know, know the difference."
The store's security cameras captured photos of two men who clerks say both tried to pass off fake bills as real.?
One of them got away with it before staff caught on. Berry says he wants to get the word out so people stay on the lookout.
Charlottesville Police Department Press Release:
The Charlottesville Police Department is seeing an increase of counterfeit money in the area.
Five incidents in the past few days have been reported to our agency involving the passage of counterfeit $100 bills.
Merchants are urged to carefully check bills for authenticity and to report any incidents to their local police department. If you have information regarding these cases please contact the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3280. Thank you for your assistance.
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