Pataskala police are investigating counterfeit money that showed up at a local business and are warning other businesses to beware.
Two separate people showed up with counterfeit bills at Buster's Corner Store on Broad Street on Jan. 28. According to a police report, the suspicious money included a fake $5 bill and four $10 bills.
"Basically he came up to the counter. He had a bottle of wine and some cigarettes. We could instantly feel something wasn't right about it," said Buster's clerk John Stocker.
Stocker said he checked the bill with a counterfeit detecting pen. While counterfeiting is sometimes thought of as a victimless crime, Stocker disagrees.
"You're ultimately dealing with somebody's living and ultimately getting fake money, it hurts everyone's living that works here," Stocker said.
According to police, one of the men was arrested on an unrelated previous warrant.
The other man has been questioned, but not arrested. Police said the man said the money was given to him by someone else. A detective also recovered more counterfeit money at his house.
Mayor Steve Butcher's restaurant, The Nutcracker, is right across the street from Buster's. Butcher has worked with the Pataskala Chamber of Commerce to send out a letter warning businesses to be aware. Butcher said Tim Horton's next to Buster's has also seen counterfeit money. He has a message for counterfeiters.
"This [Pataskala] would be the place to go to get a head start on a jail cell. The best advice I could give them is go some place else," Butcher said.
Police said the counterfeit money they recovered has been sent for testing.
If you have any information that could help please call Pataskala police at 740-927-5701.
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