strong>NAPERVILLE, Ill. (CBS/WBBM) — Naperville police are hoping surveillance video from three businesses will help them catch a counterfeiter.
As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser reports, the man successfully bought $150 worth of items using three counterfeit $50 bills.
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All three times, the same clerks who accepted the bills later realized their mistakes.
The incidents happened on Tuesday at lunchtime, when the businesses were busy. Police say this was probably why the bills were not recognized as fakes right away.
The first scam occurred sometime between 11:38 a.m. and 2:10 p.m., when the suspected forger passed his first bill at Panera Bread, at 1191 E. Ogden Ave. The restaurant is in the Ogden Mall on the city’s far northeast side.
Police reports indicated the man apparently made his way west, “spending” another bill at Caribou Coffee, 1523 North Aurora Road on the northwest side.
The third crime occurred a short time later at Sally Beauty Supply, at 256 S. Route 59 on the Naperville-Aurora border. The man purchased two hair care products with a total price of $6.38 and accepted $43.62 in change, the reports stated.
The suspect in each case was described as a stocky white man standing 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall. He wore blue jeans and a black leather jacket and – in the Sally Beauty Supply scam – was described as being about 40 years old.
A detective describes the counterfeit bills as “average” in quality.
Those who believe they have information about the suspect or any of the crimes were asked to call Naperville police at 630-420-6665.
The Naperville Sun contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire