Several retail businesses along U.S. 421 West in Wilkesboro reported receiving or being asked to receive counterfeit $100 bills on Sept. 17.
Wilkesboro Officer J.G. McHargue said the first report came from Joann Young, manager of Shoe Sensation a little before 5 p.m. Young said one of two young black females who came into the store about 30 minutes earlier used the bogus bill to purchase an $18.68 pair of socks.
McHargue said Young stated the $100 bill passed the marker test, but that she called Game Stop manager Devin Lineberger after she saw the two women enter that business. Lineberger said he also received a $100 bill from them for a $64.19 game and it passed a marker and UV light test, said McHargue.
McHargue said it was clear that the two $100 bills were counterfeit because they had the same serial number.
McHargue and another Wilkesboro officer then went door to door asking business representatives if two women matching the descriptions of the ones who entered Game Stop and Shoe Sensation had been there and if they used $100 bills to make purchases. One of the bills with the same serial number was received at Sally’s Beauty.
Representatives of two other businesses said two women matching the descriptions tried to use $100 bills there but they weren’t accepted.
A security video showed two women matching the descriptions leaving the area near U.S. Cellular in a dark-colored car, said McHargue.