The Commerce Police Department responded to two incidents involving counterfeit money during the past week.
The first occurred at Atlanta Union Mission, located on South Broad Street almost across from the police department. A female clerk told police that a white female came to the counter with several items and presented a $20 bill.
The clerk told the office that the bill “felt odd” and when she used a marker pen to test it, it tested false. The suspect, she reported, said she “didn’t want any problems” and ran out of the store with a white male. They got into separate vehicles, but the clerk got a tag number of the one driven by the suspect.
She also told police that the suspect had been in the store before. She searched through her records and came up with a name and an address on Allen Road. When the officer ran the tag number she’d provided, it returned to the name and address provided by the clerk.
In the other incident, the clerk at the Citgo Food Market, South Broad Street, flagged down an officer and reported that a man had tried to pay for merchandise with two $20 bills that he immediately recognized as fake.
The clerk kept the bills, which he gave to the officer, and refused to let the man take the merchandise. He said the suspect drove a Ford Taurus with Gwinnett County plates.