Tuesday, Frances Turnbaugh a clerk at Smoker’s Host in Linton, says she was working when a customer attempted to use money that was questionable.
“I had a customer come in and ask for a pack of cigarettes. I went ahead and rang him up and he handed me a $100 bill which in turn, I marked to make sure if it was counterfeit or not,” Turnbaugh said.
Turnbaugh says that her marker revealed that the bill in question was indeed fake. “I handed it back to him and told him that he had to take it back to the bank or wherever he got it from,” Turnbaugh said.
Turnbaugh says that the man left without confrontation. Linton Police Chief Troy Jerrell says that several more of these bills have been found, but there are marks on the bill that make them easy to identify.
“You can see on these bills, it says something, even makes a comment about a joke. Then there’s writing on the rim of it that’s obviously not English writing,” Jerrell said.
Jerrell says using a marker is key in identifying counterfeit bills, but feeling the money can also help a business from becoming a victim of counterfeit cash.
“Check for the feel of the paper because that’s one of the hardest things to counterfeit, is the actual paper,” Jerrell said.
No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information regarding these bills is asked to call the Linton Police Department.