Greenburgh Stores Warned To Watch For Counterfeit Bills

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Greenburgh police are telling stores to make sure their employees are well-versed in identifying counterfeit money after two recent incidents. Photo Credit: Flickr user Quinn Dombrowski

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Greenburgh police are investigating two incidents where men tried to pass counterfeit $20 bills at gas stations.

On Jan. 28, Greenburgh police received a call from authorities in Northvale, N.J., that an Elmsford man tried to pay for gas at a service station with a fake $20. The man fled without paying for the gas.

Greenburgh police went to the man's address on Parkview Road in Elmsford but did not find the vehicle he was said to have driven, and there was no answer at the door, police said. Police were still investigating the incident Tuesday afternoon.

On Sunday, an employee at the Mobil station at 280 Saw Mill River Road told police a man tried to buy food with a fake $20 bill. The employee said it was the second time the man tried to pay with counterfeit money and that the man had been using the gas station for years.

The suspect drove away by the time the employee called police, according to reports. The employee gave police the man's New York plate numbers, but police had not identified the suspect by Tuesday afternoon.

Greenburgh Police Lt. Brian Ryan said counterfeit bills are an issue the department sees from time to time, and he cautioned store managers to make sure their employees are able to identify fake money.

"It's something the stores are usually well-versed to check for," Ryan said. "Be diligent, and have your employees be aware to be careful with it."

Ryan would not comment on whether police suspected the two incidents are related.

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