May 15, 2015
A white female around 30 to 40 years of age with tattoos on her right wrist and upper right arm was captured on video on April 14, 2015, passing a counterfeit bill at the CEFCO store in Belton, 601 E. 6th Ave. She was driving a small black SUV. A female matching the same description passed a counterfeit $50 in Belton on April 16, 2015, at Little Caesar’s Pizza, 2411 N. Main Street. Witnesses at Little Caesar’s Pizza indicated the female who passed the counterfeit bill had dimple piercings in each check and a tattoo on her right wrist.
Belton Police Department has been advised that since March more than 120 counterfeit $50 bills have been passed in a four county area of Central Texas. Most incidents occur at fast food restaurants and convenience stores.
The pens used by many businesses to detect counterfeit bills do not work in these cases because the counterfeit $50 bills are copied onto legitimate $1 bill currency paper following a “bleaching” process. The counterfeit bills being passed are referred to as “small-head 50s”, older style $50 bills in production from 1985-1990, which lack the security features of bills printed after these dates.
Anyone with information on these crimes or the identity of the white female should call the Belton Police Department at 254-933-5840 or text tips to 254-217-6764.