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Police report counterfeit bills
FLORESVILLE -- Police here are investigating after an incident June 11 involving a counterfeit $10 bill at the Walmart Supercenter at the corner of U.S. 181 and C.R. 130 here.
According to Detective George Ortiz of the Floresville Police Department, officers were called to the store at 4:12 p.m. after an employee reported that someone attempted to pass the phony currency. The suspect -- described only as a white male with shaggy hair, and wearing a red v-neck shirt and blue jeans -- fled before police arrived. However, video surveillance footage is being reviewed in an attempt to identify him.
Ortiz said the man claimed he had obtained the bogus bill at the nearby Murphy USA convenience store.
Police learned of a second incident that same day, in which someone attempted to break a counterfeit $10 bill to obtain change at a Floresville car wash or coin-operated laundry.
Ortiz said advances in producing fake currency have allowed counterfeiters to bleach the images off smaller bills before utilizing the altered paper to print larger denominations of currency. This method is undetectable by older counterfeit-detection pens, which react only with the paper.
He suggests purchasing newer detection equipment, such as ultraviolet pens or machines, which are available at office supply stores.
Shopkeepers are urged to remain vigilant against phony currency and to report any incidents to their local law-enforcement agency.
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