The Bethlehem Police Department is asking the public for help and advising merchants to be vigilant after a number of counterfeit $100 bills have turned up, apparently from a woman who has pulled the scheme in other areas.
Several of the bills turned up in the Glenmont area in late April, all being passed by a white female 25 to 35 years old, police said. In all cases, she made small purchases in order to obtain in change the maximum amount of genuine currency.
The bills all had the same serial number and in each case the woman was observed having multiple $100 bills.
Other incidents involving the same woman and counterfeit bill have occurred in Albany County, Ulster County, Liberty, Deposit and Purchase, according to police. The Ulster Police Department, Liberty Police Department, New York State Police and the U.S. Secret Service are all assisting with the investigation.
Security camera footage shows the woman driving either a gray or silver 2007 to 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover or a 2010 Suzuki SX4 Crossover Touring with New York plates.
Anyone with information on the case or who recognizes the woman is asked to contact the Bethlehem Police Department at 439-9973
If merchants receive a bill they believe to be counterfeit, they should seize the bill and contact police."