The Paso Robles Police Department is investigating a recent increase in the use of counterfeit money.
They’re asking for the public’s help to identify a couple of men who are believed to have passed several counterfeit $100 bills.
On Monday, May 6, police say a man went into Alliance Board Shop in the 1200 block of Park St. at about 11:15 a.m., selected a pair of socks, paid with the fake money, and was given change for the transaction.
Police say the man was last seen wearing a black and gray flannel jacket, black hat and blue jeans. He was described by witnesses to be in his mid to late 20s with a medium build. He was reportedly last seen getting into a black 2000-2002 Lincoln LS.
Later that day, police received a report that a man used a counterfeit $100 bill to purchase a $100 gift card at a business in the 1200 block of Spring St.
He was described as 5’8″ to 5’11” tall and 300 pounds with a goatee and tattoos on his forearms.
While investigating those two incidents, police say they received two additional calls about people trying to pass fake $100 bills at the NAPA Auto Parts and Dollar General stores.
Police say surveillance video from those stores matched the descriptions of the suspects in the earlier cases.
Anyone who has information about this crime is urged to call the Paso Robles Police Department at (805) 237-6464.