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La Vernia cops say beware of bogus bills
LA VERNIA -- Police here are urging area merchants to be on the lookout for counterfeit paper money.
Sgt. Danny Pitts of the La Vernia Police Department said Aug. 21 that over a three-day period, officers received reports of counterfeit $1, $10, and $20 bills being used at the H-E-B supermarket and the Sonic Drive-In restaurant, both on U.S. 87. He advises merchants and consumers alike to be cautious when giving and receiving change.
There are a variety of methods one can use to determine whether bills are legitimate. In addition to the watermarks and security features found on bills $5 or larger, Pitts also suggests using a counterfeit-detection marker or ultraviolet pen. When in doubt, he said, take the bills to a bank or to the police.
Anyone with information related to these incidents is asked to call the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at 830-393-2535. Anonymous tips -- which could qualify for a cash reward if police make an arrest -- can be furnished to Crime Stoppers of Wilson County at 830-393-INFO (4636) or http://bit.ly/NDrIut.
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