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Police report five cases of counterfeit money passage

Hagerstown Police Detective Sgt. Jim Hurd says problem is always present

January 25, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

There have been five cases of counterfeit currency being passed at local businesses since Jan. 16, according to the Hagerstown Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

But city police Detective Sgt. Jim Hurd declined to say Wednesday whether investigators believe the cases are related.

Counterfeit money is a problem that requires constant vigilance, Hurd said.

“It never really goes away,” he said.

Periodically, there are people who think they can “get away with it,” and they keep using the fake money, Hurd said.

On Jan. 16, a counterfeit $10 bill was used at Byers Stop-N-Go on Burhans Boulevard, according to city police  reports.

That was unusual because counterfeit money is usually in higher denominations, Hurd said.

On Jan. 17, a $100 counterfeit bill was used at Papa John’s pizza at 190 S. Cleveland Ave. On the same day, a counterfeit $100 bill and two counterfeit $20 bills were used at the Big Lots store at 1105 Maryland Ave., police said.

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The next day, two counterfeit $20 bills were presented at Domino’s Pizza at 141 N. Prospect St., police said.

On Jan. 21, the sheriff’s office reported that there was a theft in the 17500 block of Virginia Avenue when a $66.31 bill for Domino’s Pizza delivery was paid for with counterfeit money.

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