The Columbus Police Department is investigating four separate incidents this year where counterfeit $100 bills were passed at restaurants on the west side. Lt. Matt Harris, department spokesman, says that in each case, the suspect gave the employees a fake bill to pay for inexpensive food items and left the restaurants a short time later. Police say that the fake cash is poor in quality and lacks the appropriate security features.
The suspect is described as a black male with a light complexion. Witness accounts given to police say that the suspect has tattoos on his face, neck and on at least one of his hands.
Harris says that area businesses and employees should familiarize themselves with the security features of money and contact the Columbus Police Department if they receive a counterfeit bill. CPD asks that anyone with information about these cases, or the suspect, to contact Detective Bill Ziegler at (812) 376-2627. Tips and information can be left anonymously.