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Gview police respond to counterfeit bills

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Police Department is currently investigating two incidents of counterfeit currency being circulated in the city.

The counterfeit bills in circulation were in $1, $5 and $10 denominations, said Detective Seth Bailey.

"This is the first time we've dealt with such small amounts," he said.

Bailey estimated the counterfeit currency numbered 10 to 15 one dollar bills, three five-dollar bills and one $10 bill.

"They were done on regular printer paper," he said. Other suspicious traits of the fake bills, Bailey added, are that the smaller details are blurred and inferior to those on a regular bill.

"Look at the fine details," Bailey suggested. "Normal (paper) money has a soft feel to it, but these (the counterfeit bills) were printed on computer paper."

Bailey noted that counterfeiters typically target $20, $50 or $100 bills. The motive for passing off the smaller denominations, Bailey offered, was likely because smaller bills often aren't scrutinized as much by businesses.

Individuals in Grandview's business community notified police of the fake currency. Bailey said the case is under investigation, with efforts underway to obtain footage of surveillance videos in an attempt to better identify those distributing the counterfeit bills.

"I would imagine that once word gets out they probably won't be able to visit very many other stores (with the counterfeit bills)," Bailey said.

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