Woman tells police strangers gave her son counterfeit cash

Published 8:48 am Thursday, April 21, 2016

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Police are investigating a strange case of counterfeit cash after a woman reported two strangers handing money to her son in the parking lot of a city shopping center.
On Monday, Elizabethton Police Department Cpl. Kirk Carrier met with a woman, Carol Burns, who went to the police department to report a fraud.
Burns told the officer that on Sunday evening around 9 p.m. she and her family were leaving Amigo’s Restaurant, located at 623 W. Elk Ave., when her juvenile son was approached by two subjects in a red vehicle.
“A male passenger gave her son a $10 bill and advised him to enjoy it,” Carrier said. “Ms. Burns also found two additional $10 bills on the windshield of her vehicle.”
Burns gave Carrier a description of the two subjects in the vehicle — a man and a woman — which was given by her son.
“Ms. Burns felt like the currency was counterfeit and took them to Northeast Community Credit Union and confirmed that the currency was counterfeit,” Carrier said.
Carrier took the suspect bills from Burns and placed them into evidence at the police department.
This incident is one of a string of incidents across the city where people and businesses have reported counterfeit currency to police. It is not known at this time if the incidents are related.
Police are advising businesses, customers and anyone who deals with cash to be cautious, inspect any bills they come in contact with and report any suspected counterfeit currency to police immediately.

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