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Police Seek Man Using Counterfeit Bills

Suffolk County police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man they say used counterfeit money at a Centereach fast food restaurant.

According to police, the man placed an order at the McDonald’s located at 1724 Middle Country Road and paid for the food using a counterfeit $20 bill on Jan. 8 at 9:15 p.m.

Police are offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. According to police, all calls will be kept confidential.
Bill F January 23, 2014 at 02:53 PM
Twenties? Why not Hundreds?
Paul J Botticelli January 24, 2014 at 07:01 AM
Something seems very wrong about the facts as they are reported in this story. Anyone of us could be that person innocently passing a counterfeit $20 bill. And to have our image portrayed for all to see, all the while announcing a $5,000 reward for our arrest adds greatly to the public's perception that we must be a severe criminal. However, if there is more to this story and the police have other references that this person has made a history of passing counterfeit $20 bills, then we have a far different story; but what remains is: Why would all the facts not be reported to the public?
Jennifer Sloat (Editor) January 24, 2014 at 07:43 AM
Hi Paul- this is the information in full as it was released by the Suffolk County police.
Paul J Botticelli March 06, 2014 at 09:31 AM
Hello Jennifer - just saw your reply now; sorry for the delay. I just want to let you know that I was not commenting negatively on 3 village patch specifically - it was more about how the police could target a person - who very well may be innocent - with a news release that includes a photo and implies guilt by offering a $5,000 reward for info that leads to his arrest.

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