The LaSalle Police Service is warning the public and businesses to be vigilant when receiving U.S. currency after an investigation where a counterfeit U.S. $10.00 bill was attempted to be used to make a purchase at a local restaurant. The suspect, a white male, who was described as appearing to be between 20 and 30 years of age and approximately 5’4″ tall, produced the counterfeit bill from a large stack of other U.S. currency to the clerk to pay his bill. The clerk immediately noted that the bill seemed odd in appearance and feel and advised him that they would have to examine the bill further to confirm its authenticity. The male immediately left without his purchase and his $10.00 bill or any change. A LaSalle Police Officer attended and confirmed that the bill was counterfeit and of poor quality. The paper it was printed on was not correct and it was missing several standard security features such as colour shifting ink, watermarks, security thread, symbols of freedom, microprinting and proper colour. The image on the reverse side of the bill was also inversed and the bill itself was not cleanly cut.
If you receive any counterfeit currency please contact your local police service immediately to file a report. Use or possession of any counterfeit currency is a criminal offence.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the LaSalle Police Service at 519-969-5210, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or on-line at http://www.catchcrooks.com