, Salem, MA

July 19, 2013

Peabody police: Trio passed counterfeit cash, tried again

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — PEABODY — Police are looking for the three young men they say passed counterfeit bills at a local McDonald’s on Wednesday afternoon — and then tried to do it again at the same place just hours later.

An officer responded to the 133 Main St. restaurant after a 6:07 p.m. report that three young males had passed three $20 bills, according to the incident log.

Each person had passed a single $20 over the course of about an hour, and the crime was only discovered when a manager went to change out the register, said Lt. Arthur Yeo.

One suspect was described as having no shirt and wearing beige shorts; another as having no shirt and wearing checkered shorts and a blue-and-white hat; the last as wearing a black shirt, black shorts and red sneakers.

Police confiscated the bills and were planning to follow up on the incident and watch the restaurant’s surveillance footage. However, at 8:17 p.m., police returned to the same McDonald’s after a report that the same males had attempted to pass more bogus money.

“Store did not accept bill,” wrote police.

After they failed to pass more of the fake cash, the males left the area, according to the log. Police couldn’t find them.

The two incidents weren’t the only ones involving counterfeit money in the region on Wednesday. Police in Marblehead received a 12:23 p.m. report that a bank on Washington Street had also received a counterfeit note.

“They have retained the bill,” wrote police. “They must submit it to Secret Service.”