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Section A: General News


Counterfeit bills infiltrate Floresville businesses




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FLORESVILLE -- Police here are urging merchants to be on guard as a series of incidents involving counterfeit currency have been reported over the past few weeks.

Detective Jesse Gutierrez of the Floresville Police Department said that suspects have tried to purchase goods with various denominations of bogus paper money. In the latest incident on May 10 at 9:53 p.m., two suspects -- identified as a Hispanic male standing 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing 300 pounds, with short hair, large-gauge ear piercings, and heavily tattooed arms, and a Hispanic female standing 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighing 250 pounds, with shoulder-length curly hair -- passed a fake $20 bill at the Subway restaurant in the H-E-B shopping center on U.S. 181 in Floresville.

In an earlier incident, “a large Hispanic female wearing tight clothing” attempted to pay for purchases in H-E-B with a counterfeit $100 bill, Gutierrez said. Employees at the McDonald’s restaurant on U.S. 181 in Floresville reported that a white female attempted to use a bogus $10 bill to pay for food via the drive-thru.

Gutierrez urges merchants to use counterfeit detection pens when accepting paper money and to train their employees how to spot bogus bills. He also suggests making it a policy not to accept questionable currency.

If faced with such a situation, the detective suggests merchants should hold the bill, obtain a description of the suspect and their vehicle, and then call police.

Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to call the Floresville Police Department at 830-393-4055. Anonymous tips, which are eligible for cash rewards if they result in an arrest, can be furnished to Crime Stoppers of Wilson County at 830-393-INFO (4636) or bit.ly/NDrIut.
 

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