Ardmore Police Asking For Help To Bust Counterfeiting Ring - - No One Gets You Closer

Ardmore Police Asking For Help To Bust Counterfeiting Ring


ARDMORE, OK -- Ardmore police are asking for help busting a small counterfeiting operation and local businesses are taking steps to make sure they don't take a bad bill.

Ardmore police say they've recently seen several counterfeit bills pop up in local convenience stores and restaurants.

Sergeant Ryan Hunnicutt says the suspects are striking when businesses are at their busiest.

"These subjects are coming in when they're busiest trying to catch them distracted and just get in and out as quick as they can," said Hunnicutt.

Managers at several convenience stores and restaurants have similar methods to keep an eye out for fakes.

"We know a lot of our customers but if we get people acting real shady about their money or they're looking for one in particular to give away that generally sends up a red flag," said Sarah Casey, a manager at Casey's Catfish Corral.

"Everyday we just deal with so many bills, so many bills," said Vandana Sharda. "But if it's busy even, we pay more attention, especially to the 20 dollar bills."

Restaurant owners say another way to cut down on the chances of accepting a counterfeit bill is by having just one cash register. That way there's only one point of transfer.

Managers say clerks use special pens and search for watermarks and other security features before accepting the bill.

Police believe the counterfeits are being made locally by using scanners and printers.

"It's pretty easy to make one of this quality," said Hunnicutt. "We consider these to be relatively low quality."

Ardmore police urge clerks to remain cautious.

Hunnicutt says police are searching for one suspect. He's described as a white male in his mid to early twenties with a tall, slender build.     

Police are offering a 200 dollar reward if you have information, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 224-STOP.