Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.
Counterfeit bills passed by a child
With the availability of sophisticated software and high quality printers, it’s not unusual for police to receive reports of counterfeit bills being passed, although most businesses now have equipment that can verify the authenticity of currency that appears suspect. Sometimes the person in possession of the counterfeit money is not even aware that it’s fake, having acquired it innocently through normal transactions.
A report we took yesterday certainly seems suspicious:
Fasmart, 501 Jefferson Davis Hwy, 12/15 7:15 pm. An employee reported that a small child who was alone in the store purchased a pack of gum with a $20 bill, received the change and returned to a vehicle in the parking lot. A few minutes later, the same child came back in the store and tried to make another small purchase with another $20 bill, arousing the suspicions of the clerk. The clerk then tested both bills and determined they were counterfeit. An adult female came into the store and attempted to retrieve the bills from the clerk before leaving the scene with the child. The clerk obtained the license plate number of the suspect vehicle and the investigation is ongoing.