Township Police Tracking Bogus Buck Passers
LOWER FREDERICK PA – A flurry of illegitimate currency – specifically in the form of phony $20 bills being passed at the Zieglerville Wawa store, 3 Big Rd., and the nearby Dunkin’ Donuts, 9 Big Rd. – has attracted the attention of both the Lower Frederick Police Department and a far larger law enforcement agency, the U.S. Secret Service.
The department, recently notified by the stores about the counterfeit cash being used to buy products and services, has called upon the Secret Service for its expertise and resources to identify potential suspects in these crimes, it said in a media release. At least one suspect has already been identified and currently is under investigation, it added,
The Secret Service, founded in 1865, is probably best known for its protection of U.S. presidents. Part of its initial mission, however, was the investigation and prevention of counterfeiting. That continues today, but also has evolved to include safeguarding federal payment and financial systems from financial and computer-based crimes, the agency’s website explains.
Lower Frederick said it plans to rely on Secret Service facial recognition software for suspect identifications, and then will quickly distribute photos of suspects or persons of interest to surrounding police departments and officers on patrol. Multiple suspects are believed to be involved in the crimes, according to the department.
And, police noted, they have an edge. “Both Wawa and Dunkin’ Donuts are aware of the characteristics of these fake bills,” the release stated, which means they can be spotted when passed.
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