GJ police report rash of counterfeit bills
All cash is not equal.
That’s the message the Grand Junction Police Department is sending, warning residents about an increase of counterfeit bills circulating in the area. In the new year, the department has received a dozen reports of counterfeit bills ranging in denominations from $5, $10, $20 and $100.
“That’s a lot for this time of year,” according Kate Porras, spokeswoman for the Grand Junction Police Department. “These incidences tend to come and go in waves.”
Fake bills tend to be passed during the warmer months, especially as yard sale season gets underway. Businesses that have received the current counterfeit bills tend to be fast-food restaurants, convenience stores and gas stations, Porras said.
Anyone who suspects they have taken a fake bill should get a good description of the person who passed it and a description of their vehicle and license plate number. They should keep the bill and call emergency dispatch at 242-6707 or Crime Stoppers, 241-7867.
The Police Department is also warning charitable groups that accept cash to be on the lookout for fake bills. One swipe with a counterfeit detector pen should do the trick. If the mark shows up, the bill is a fake.