Counterfeit bills used in Seymour

City police investigating fake currency, warn businesses to be on lookout

Seymour police continue to investigate several cases of people using or trying to use counterfeit bills at businesses in the city.

The most recent attempts occurred Memorial Day when two different area businesses were given counterfeit bills, Assistant Police Chief Craig Hayes said.

Hayes said employees of stores need to be vigilant for fake money and try to remember to use the counterfeit checking markers if possible.

For those without access to the special markers, Hayes said there are several things that can be done to check the authenticity of money, including comparing the paper of suspected bills to actual bills or wetting a finger and rubbing the ink. If the ink smears, it is not authentic.

One of the incidents involved a Pizza Hut delivery driver who received two $20 bills when he made a delivery to the 600 block of Jackson Street, police reported.

When the driver returned to the restaurant, he realized the bills shared the same serial numbers, Hayes said.

The location was dark, and the driver didn’t get a good look at the customer who paid with the counterfeit bills, police said.

Later in the evening of Memorial Day, an employee of CVS Pharmacy at 201 E. Tipton St. reported receiving a counterfeit $20 bill from a woman who used it to purchase items from the store.

The store didn’t test it with a counterfeit checking marker until after the woman had left, police reported.

All of the fake money has been collected by police and will be turned over to the Secret Service after investigation by Seymour officers, Hayes said.

The Secret Service catalogues all of the serial numbers and details of counterfeit money to track the creation of the fake currency, he said.

Hayes said police do not believe the two most recent incidents are connected; however, the investigation is ongoing.

At least six other incidents involving counterfeit money have been reported since the first of May in the city.

On the evening of May 22, police investigated a report of a man attempting to use counterfeit money at a store in the 700 block of North Ewing Street.

On the evening of May 23, a counterfeit $50 bill was reported at Jay C Foods Plus at 1541 E. Tipton St.

At 9:24 p.m. May 17, police investigated a report of a counterfeit $20 bill at Casey’s General Store at 400 N. O’Brien St.

Then on May 12, an incident involving counterfeit money was reported at a store in the 2000 block of East Tipton Street.

A counterfeit $20 bill also was reported on the morning of May 2 at Steak ‘n Shake at 1640 E. Tipton St., and counterfeit money was reported April 30 at Dollar General Store at 1236 E. Tipton St.

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Aaron Piper is a photographer and reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at apiper@tribtown.com or 812-523-7057.