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Published March 02, 2012, 03:38 PM

Crookston Police Recover More Than $3,000 in Counterfeit Bills

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Police say they've tracked down the person responsible for shelling out a number of counterfeit bills over the past week.

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Police say they've tracked down the person responsible for shelling out a number of counterfeit bills over the past week.

So far, they've recovered more than $3,000 worth of counterfeit $100 bills.

Crookston police have identified a suspect in the counterfeit bill case but are not releasing the persons name at this time.

At least five local businesses have been affected.

Kim Samuelson has owned RBJ's Family Restaurant in Crookston for more than 20 years. This week the owner had an unwanted surprise when she opened the cash register.

"Now days with so many people with credit cards, you know cash is a little more memorable than it used to be," Samuelson said.

Especially memorable after the owner heard about counterfeit $100 bills being used in the Crookston area.

"We decided well we better go through our till to see what we're looking for and ironically we had one of the counterfeit $100 bills," Samuelson said.

This is the first time in more than 20 years that Samuelson has seen a counterfeit bill pass through her restaurant. Crookston Police have recovered $3,200 worth of counterfeit bills this week and have identified a suspect.

"There's still a possibility that there may be a few floating around out there so we've asked local businesses to be vigilant and whenever somebody is passing a $100 bill to take an extra look at it," Crookston Police Chief Tim Motherway said.

Police say there are several things to look for including the quality of the paper, minor lines and shadows and the last zero on the bills is crooked.

Some of the bills also have the same serial numbers.

The police department has been working with the chamber of commerce to get the word out.

"At least if they know something is going on they're going to take time to look at these bills and maybe look at them more so it'll keep businesses safe," Amanda Lien from the Crookston Chamber of Commerce said.

Although Samuelson is glad she found the counterfeit bill, the owner is also a little bothered it happened in town.

"You know it's really sad when people do that because we work hard and we try to do the right thing and try to serve our customers. Like I said we served them, fed them, they ate, they left and left with more than they gave us," Samuelson said.

Police are not releasing the name of the suspect at this time.

If you have any information on the counterfeit bills you can contact the Crookston Police Department at 218-281-3111.

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