CORONADO -- A counterfeiter unloading fake bills around Coronado is leaving local shops out big bucks.
Postal Unlimited employee Laurie Tabano said a recent customer didn't really to want to buy anything. Instead, he wanted to give her money. The only problem is that his bills were about as worthless as Monopoly money.
“So when he came in with a $100 bill, wanting to make a small purchase. the owner just told him there's no change,” Tabano said.
The customer was caught on surveillance video, but 10News is not showing his face because he has not been officially identified as a suspect by Coronado police.
That was after Tabano had already been fooled by his counterfeit money. Two $20 bills. She said at first glance she didn't catch it. But noticed it later.
“Definitely the texture, it felt like maybe it had gone through a washing machine with fabric softener, very smooth texture, little faded.”
Tabano couldn't believe it when the same guy came back a third time.
“So when he came in with a $50 bill, I just told him it was first thing in the morning and I don't have any change for it.”
The bank told Postal Unlimited that the pen used to test fake money doesn’t work on the kind of paper that was used to make these bills.
The man was described as about 5-foot-7 with a thin build, dark skin and a cool demeanor. If you have any information, Coronado police would like to hear from you.