Alexander City businesses and residents should watch their money more closely as counterfeit bills have appeared in the area, police said.
“We had four reports Thursday afternoon and evening,” Alexander City police chief Jay Turner said. “They were passed in businesses downtown and along the (U.S. Highway) 280 corridor.”
Incident reports for the Alexander City Police Department indicate the bills were passed between 6 and 10 p.m. Thursday.
Turner said the bills were being passed in large denominations while making a small purchase.
“They are buying a small amount but paying with a large bill,” Turner said.
Turner said two of the incidents were at drive-thrus and in most cases no merchandise was taken.
“Once confronted, they drove off,” Turner said.
Turner said police made an arrest at a local motel of someone passing a counterfeit bill paying for the night but the person did not match the description of the suspects in the other incidents.
Turner warned citizens to be wary of large cash bills.
“Be on the lookout for it,” he said. “Be alert to what you are taking in.”
Turner said even if a bill is marked that it is not legal currency, like movie prop bills, it is still illegal to pass it as payment for goods and services.
The Alexander City Police Department also took a report Wednesday of a stolen van from Orr Street Baptist Church.
“They came on Wednesday and said it was missing,” Turner said. “They said they still had both sets of keys.”
Turner said the blue 2003 Chevrolet passenger van was last seen May 7.
Turner believes the van will eventually show up.
“Once whoever is done transporting what they have we will find it,” Turner said. “We often times will find it dumped somewhere.”