COLONIE The Colonie Police Department is investigating numerous incidents involving the use of counterfeit US currency in the area.
Over the past three weeks, eight separate incidents have occurred with counterfeit $20s and four incidents with counterfeit $100s, police said. While the counterfeit $20s were illegally printed with repeated serial numbers, the $100 bills are actually $5 bills that were bleached and reprinted with $100 information. Police said the passing of the two separate bills do not appear to be related.
The United States Secret Service is also involved with the investigation.
The counterfeit $20 bills have been found at numerous locations including Dunkin Donuts at both 667 and 599 Loudon Rd., Price Chopper on Loudon Road and Wendy’s on Loudon Road, totaling $540. The counterfeit $100 bills have been found at Walgreens on Central Avenue, Stewarts on Sand Creek Road, CVS on Sand Creek Road and Burger King on Central Avenue, totaling $500.
Police said the suspects passing the counterfeit $20 bills are described as a tall, black male with a baseball cap, black jacket, dark shirt and pants and a white female with long, dark hair wearing a black blouse. They were seen driving a red four-door Sedan with a sunroof through surveillance cameras.
Police said the suspects passing the counterfeit $100 bills are described as a black male with long sideburns, wearing a blue jean jacket and a black, heavyset female with her hair in a bun, wearing a black sweater and blue jeans.
Anyone with information about the crimes or the identities of the suspects should call the Colonie Police Department at 783-2744.