Written by Ozaukee Press
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 18:15
Sentry Foods, McDonald’s report getting phony $100 bills
Port Washington merchants are being warned that counterfeit $100 bills are being circulated in the area.
Two local businesses — Sentry Foods and McDonald’s — reported to police that counterfeit bills were passed to their clerks Thursday and Friday, March 21 and 22.
The bills were confiscated and turned over to the Secret Service, which investigates cases of counterfeiting.
According to Port Washington police, the bills were created by bleaching $5 bills and then altering them to appear to be $100 bills.
The pens used by businesses to check the authenticity of currency won’t pick up the problem because the bills are real — just the wrong denomination, police said.
Clerks are urged to check the watermark and hologram. According to police, an authentic $100 bill will not only have a security strip on the left side but a hologram of Benjamin Franklin on the right.
Anyone who discovers a counterfeit bill is asked to contact police at 284-2611.
In other police news:
• A 16-year-old student at Port Washington High School was cited for possession of alcohol shortly before noon March 20 after it was discovered she had four 50-milliliter bottles of liquor in her locker.
According to police, school authorities received a tip that the girl had alcohol and checked her locker. They notified police after finding it.
A breath test revealed the girl had no alcohol in her system, police said.
• A 23-year-old man was cited for damage to property March 20 after his car got stuck in a snowdrift in St. Mary’s Cemetery on West Beutel Road.
According to police, the driver placed a heavy book on the accelerator of his Cadillac Deville and pushed his car out of the snowbank. However, because of the weight on the gas pedal, the vehicle rapidly traveled backward with no driver to control it, striking two gravestones before coming to rest atop a concrete marker.
The vehicle had to be towed from the scene, police said.