“He pulled out his credit card, I guess you can say, pretending to want to use it. Then he pulled out a $100 the last minute, very apologetic, saying “can you break $100?” Jordan said.
They did. But the incident happened not once, but twice.
“He saw that it was an easy mark, went to the next store, came back again, and bought a little more to look better,” Jordan said.
He did not use the change he got from the first transaction but paid with another fake $100 bill with the same serial number. The bill was immediately rejected by the bank the next day.
“I know maybe to some companies, $200 is not much. But to me it really hurts,” Jordan said.
As Coronado Police continues their investigation, they are also encouraging business owners to check each bill with a pen and a black light machine, ask for ID, or call them if they are suspicious.
“Right now we are working in cooperation with the secret service to see if this is an isolated incident in Coronado, or part of a larger trend in San Diego as a whole,” Det. Anthony Flores with the Coronado Police Dept. said.
Investigators describe the suspect as a slim, lighter skinned Latino or Middle Eastern man in his 20’s to 30’s.