CREATED Aug. 29, 2013
NAPLES, Fla.- Naples Police are investigating reports of counterfeit cash passed through area businesses.
Batteries Plus on Tamiami Trail is one of the latest to fall victim to fake cash. According to a police report, the business' bank notified them of the counterfeit bill and owners wanted to help catch the crook.
"They had heard about an arrest we made last week and they went on the mug shot site and saw a picture of the woman and identified her as being the same person that passed the $100 bill in their business as well." Lt. John Barkley with Naples PD said.
According to a police report, a Batteries Plus employee reviewed store surveillance and matched the person who passed the fake bill at the store as Linda Hart. The same woman, who was arrested on August 23rd for passing forged, altered bill or note. The reported stated a Naples Police Officer also reviewed the surveillance and said it appears the subject in the video is Hart.
But, there haven't been any arrests for this crime because detectives are still investigating.
"There are going to be more than one bill there's going to be more than one incident and there will be several different businesses in the area that are affected and in this case they're using $100 bills to make a very small purchase getting change back in excess of 85-90 dollars change back." Lt. Barkley said.
To make sure you don't accept any phony cash, Lt. Barkley said there are some things to look out for. Businesses can get counterfeit pens and ultra violet lights to find the fakes.
" There are a lot of security features built into the money and they can hold it up to the light look for the I.D ribbon on it. There's also threads embedded on it, red and blue threads that if it is copied on the copy machine, it is just going to look like regular ink on the paper." Lt. Barkley said.
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