Police looking for men using counterfeit money at stores in Norfolk

Posted at 11:49 AM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 17:37:26-05

NORFOLK Va.- Norfolk Police are looking for two men they say are using counterfeit money at stores along Military Highway.

According to employees at Best Thrift, the two men attempted to use counterfeit $50 bills to purchase merchandise.

Best Thrift posted on their Facebook page saying the bills are bleached, so the yellow detector pens will pass the test.

They noted the bills have been printed so the ink is very smooth but say the colors look a little off.

You can tell the bills are fake because the serial numbers on the bills are all the same.

Just Pic'd Juice’s store owner Felicia Snow says this time of year businesses have a lot to worry about.

"If it passed the marker test then it has gotten through our last line of defense," Snow said. "This is the time of season when counterfeits come through very heavily. I don't know if these people understand that for the most part we are small businesses. So this is our livelihood."

The Secret Service warns that it's not just businesses owners who need to be on the lookout. If counterfeit money ends up in your wallet--you become the owner, which means you lose the amount of cash you thought you had.

If you have any information that may help police find these men, you're asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.