Officers continue to search for suspect who used counterfeit money

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- UPDATE: Police are still working on identifying the suspect who used counterfeit money at several fast food restaurants in Chippewa County earlier this month.

Chippewa Falls Police Department Investigator, Rob Teuteberg, says another bill was passed in the Wausau area around the same time. He says officers believe the suspect is not local and are coordinating with the Everest Metro Police Department as well as agencies in Minnesota to develops further leads.

Police say surveillance pictures showed a man passing bogus $20 and $50 bills at KFC in Chippewa Falls, Subway on Woodward Avenue in Chippewa Falls, McDonald's in Lake Hallie, and Taco Johns in Lake Hallie.

Police say a minivan shown in the pictures is a white-over-gray Pontiac Montana, with a model year between 1997 and 2005.

If you have any information, call Investigator Rob Teuteberg at (715) 726-2706.

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10/10/13:
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) --"A white line back here, which should not be on a normal bill," said Chippewa Falls Police Investigator Robert Teuteberg.

He has been busy this week taking calls from businesses that have been getting bogus bucks.

"There is also no security strip embedded on these bills," he added.

He showed us two $50 bills that have been used at Subway and KFC in Chippewa Falls as well as McDonalds and Taco John's in Lake Hallie.

Police say their person of interest may be driving a white Pontiac mini-van, possibly a 1997-2005 model.

Teuteberg says crimes like this are unfortunate for victims since banks and financial institutions do not reimburse for counterfeit money.

"It's very frustrating because it's our loss of money and we need to keep running this store," said Samantha Ludington, a shift manager at KFC in Chippewa Falls.

She says it was not until later in the day on Saturday when the money being checked that they noticed a bill seemed fake.

"Held it up to the light and looked for the print, and the bill looks smaller and it didn't feel right," she said.

So how can you tell if a bill is phony?

Teuteberg says it does come down to touch and feel. You can also buy a special pen to check it. If the bill is real, no ink appears. If it is not real, ink appears.

There are other things to look for as well like micro printing. The problem Teuteberg says is counterfeiting has gotten easier to do.

"These days it can be done almost to some degree with stuff purchased over the counter," he added.
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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) --Officers have released more pictures of a man suspected of passing counterfeit bills at several area restaurants.

On Wednesday, Chippewa Falls police told WEAU 13 News that the pictures show the same man who appears in a picture the department released on Tuesday. He's thought to have knowingly passed bogus $20 and $50 bills at KFC in Chippewa Falls, Subway on Woodward Avenue in Chippewa Falls, McDonald's in Lake Hallie, and Taco Johns in Lake Hallie. Police say the minivan in the picture is a white-over-gray Pontiac Montana, with a model year between 1997 and 2005.

If you have any information, call Chippewa Falls Police Department Investigator Rob Teuteberg at (715) 726-2706.


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