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State College police seek info on two counterfeit cash cases

Police release surveillance images after counterfeit money used at local Uni-Mart.
Police release surveillance images after counterfeit money used at local Uni-Mart. Photo submitted

Problems with funny money have cropped up in the Centre Region.

On Tuesday, State College police released information about two different cases during the past two weeks.

The first was on March 24. Police say a woman entered the Benner Pike Wal-Mart at approximately 4:15 p.m. She bought “multiple gift cards.” The problem was that she paid for them with counterfeit bills, police said.

Police released surveillance images of the woman, who they described as a slender, black female with long, black hair, standing about 5 feet 6 inches tall. She was wearing a white, long-sleeve shirt with the sleeves rolled, black pants, heeled shoes and carrying a red purse. She left in a white hatchback vehicle, possibly a Toyota Auris.

The second incident happened Friday, after 1 a.m., when police say a man came into the Uni-Mart on South Atherton Street, paying for gas with a $100 bill. That money also turned out to be counterfeit.

The man who used the cash was described as a college-age black male, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall with a muscular build and long, black dreadlocks in a ponytail. Police released surveillance images of the man in a white T-shirt with a blue design on the front, green camouflage pants and tan boots.

According to police, the man was alone and driving a green car, possibly a four-door Subaru.

Anyone with information can contact State College police at 234-7150, by email at police@statecollegepa.us or submit an anonymous tip through the website at www.statecollegepa.us.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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