ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI) – Police are looking for suspects who have been passing counterfeit $100 bills. They have been spending the money at six St. Charles area Walgreens stores. Each time, a male suspect would purchase about $200 worth of merchandise with the counterfeit money. Then, a female suspect would return the goods to the store to get real money back for the items.
So far close to $800 in purchases have been made with counterfeit money.
Authorities said counterfeit detecting pens don’t work to identify the fake money because the suspects found away to outsmart the pens. Officer Melissa Doss with St. Peters Police said the criminals were using bleached out five dollar bills. They were printing $100 bills on them.
Doss urges people to look at the surveillance video to help police catch the counterfeiters.
She said, “These videos are too grainy for the police officers to make a case on their own we need the public to come forward and say I know that guy. He’s my neighbor. He’s a coworker. He’s a friend of mine. He’s a family member.”
The first suspect is described as a six foot tall black male in his 30-40s with short hair and a beard. The second suspect is a 5’6″-5’9″ black male 40-50 years old. The third suspect is a 5’4″- 5’6″ tall white female who is 30-40 years old. The suspects were last seen driving a Red Dodge Stratus and an older model blue pick-up truck.
If you have any information about this crime call St. Peters Police at: 636-278-2222.
The Secret Service website has information on how you can determine is money is counterfeit.