The Soldotna Police Department wishes to warn the public that over recent days a growing number of counterfeit $20 bills have been passed to businesses in the Kenai-Soldotna area. Chief John Lucking said that the bills are generally of poor quality and encourages shopkeepers and clerks to carefully scrutinize any $20 bills they might receive in trade. The fake bills have brighter color than real bills, and are made of a poorer quality paper.
"They are pretty easy to spot if people take an extra minute to look at them closely," Lucking said.
Within the past several days bills have turned up at many fast food restaurants, as well as Fred Meyer and a variety of other area businesses. Business people are being asked to carefully observe any persons who attempt to pass suspicious bills and pass their observations along to police.
Anyone with information about this crime should call the Soldotna Police at 262-4455. Persons wishing to provide information anonymously may do so by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-487-HALT (4258) or online at www.peninsulacrimestoppers.com. Crime Stoppers pays rewards of up to $1,000 for information which is instrumental in solving crimes.
-- Staff report
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