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Investigation continues into Lafayette counterfeit bill sting as more are passed Thursday

The latest two transactions make a total of seven related cases since Tuesday.

Posted: Apr 12, 2019 12:23 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Two more counterfeit bills were passed in Lafayette Thursday in what Lt. Matt Gard believes is the same sting from earlier in the week. Lafayette police continue to search for a group of four people.

Photos and additional descriptions of the people were not made available Friday.

According to Lafayette police, a fake bill was used in a transaction at the Circle K on South Street around 8 a.m. Thursday. Then later in the day around 4:40 p.m., someone paid with a counterfeit bill at the Steak 'n Shake on Meijer Drive. 

The latest two transactions make a total of seven related cases since Tuesday, according to Gard. There were two other counterfeit bill cases reported Thursday, but Gard said they were not related. 

Police said fake $100 bills were passed Tuesday at the Walmart on the east side and the Menards on Creasy Lane. Officers were then called to three more locations Wednesday. A fake $100 was used to make purchases at the Hobby Lobby on Creasy Lane and at the same Menards from the day before. Gard said a fake $10 was then used at the McDonalds on South Street.

Police believe all of these transactions are related. Gard said the same four people, two men and two women, are seen coming and going on surveillance video. The men were described as thin. No other descriptions were available.

Gard said there are several ways to tell if a bill is counterfeit. He said to hold the bill up to the light and see if the watermark face matches the face on the bill.

You can also lick your finger and rub it on the bill to see if the ink smears. Gard also said to check the microfiber thread. It will say "USA 50" or "USA 100," depending on the bill.

Call Lafayette police with any information at (765) 807-1200.

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