Counterfeit bills are passed in Paso Robles
Two female suspects are still at-large in connection with four counterfeit bills that were successfully passed at McDonald’s and Chevron on Ramada Drive at Highway 46 on July 26. Paso Robles Police Department Lt. Tim Murphy said that the counterfeit bills were not reported until July 28.
Murphy said it is possible that more counterfeit bills could have been passed in Paso Robles, but they may not have been discovered yet. He said that they are sometimes not caught until they reach the bank, when the police are then brought into the picture.
He said that it is not uncommon for counterfeit bills to be used in places like Paso Robles at highway interchanges as the people with the counterfeit bills travel from one part of the state to another. However, he said that while cases of counterfeit bills are infrequent in Paso Robles, they do occur.
“If your clerk or sales rep. comes across a bill they think is counterfeit, hold on to it … and notify the police,” Murphy said is his advice to business owners. At that time, Murphy said the police will get involved and be able to determine if the bill is in fact counterfeit and whether or not the person in possession of it is innocent or likely to be involved.
The first suspect is described as a white or Hispanic heavy-set adult female in her late teens or early 20s. The second is a white or Hispanic adult female between 20 and 40 with what appears to be a tattoo on her upper left arm.
If you have any information about the crime or the suspects, call the Paso Robles Police Department at (805) 237-6464.