Number of counterfeit bills complaints in Bangor rises to 8

Posted July 19, 2011, at 6:43 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor police this week received three more complaints about counterfeit $50 and $20 bills being circulated in the city, bringing the total since Sunday to eight.

City police received five complaints Sunday regarding counterfeit bills, four of which came from residents who received them in exchange for items sold at yard sales, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday afternoon.

The fifth complaint was from a local man who received a fake $50 bill from another man who approached him downtown asking to make change, he said. The victim did not realize the $50 he was given was counterfeit until after the exchange.

Since then, three more complaints have been filed, one from a resident who conducted a yard sale over the weekend and two more from the McDonald’s Restaurant and Hannaford supermarket on Union Street, Edwards said Tuesday.

Edwards said the eight cases appear to be related. He said some of the victims of the scam told police that they received counterfeit bills from two white men who appeared to be in their early to mid-20s, clean-shaven with short military-style haircuts.

One victim thought one of the men involved may have driven away in a dark-colored SUV and another thought they may have been using a Jeep, Edwards said.

The counterfeit bills are being examined by Bangor police, Edwards said.

Edwards said one of the men reportedly has tattoos on his forearm of an anchor and a compass.

Edwards said that so far it appears the counterfeit bill complaints are limited to Bangor. He said inquiries sent to other law enforcement agencies in Penobscot County have yielded no other reports as of late Tuesday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the identity of either of the men is urged to call Officer Dennis Townsend, who is investigating the matter, at the Bangor Police Department at 947-7382. Those who prefer to remain anonymous should press 6 to access the department’s tip line.

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