Surveillance Video Shows Man Paying for Item at ‘Fishing Line’ Using Counterfeit Bill

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: A surveillance video at the Fishing Line store in Howell shows a man paying for an item with what turned out to be a counterfeit $20 bill, the store manager tells TLS.

The video shows the suspect, a black male, walking into the shop and removing a soda from the refrigerator and walking up to the counter to pay.

The suspect handed the store clerk a $20 bill, and left the store.

But the keen store clerk had a feeling something wasn’t just right, and can be seen opening the cash drawer again to inspect the bill.

Realizing it was a fake, he – and another co-worker – went after the suspect, but he had already gotten into a taxi and left the area.

After having the bill checked by a device at a neighboring store, and confirming it was indeed counterfeit, police were called, the store manager tells TLS. Police also confirmed it was counterfeit, and took the bill.

Lakewood Police say a similar incident occurred on a NJ Transit bus in Lakewood this week as well. It’s unknown if the incidents are connected.

Howell Police are investigating the incident.

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  1. Why would he travel by taxi all the way over there just to do that? There are so many other stores in walking distance to him probably. (i.e. near tent city or Clifton Ave)

  2. The Secret Service now has jurisdiction over counterfeiting. Job used to belong to Sir Isaac Newton after he solved every mathematical and scientific problem known.

  3. No one looking like that goes into a store to “buy” a soda unless he knows he has fake $$. Happens all to often, but that’s who you have to be careful for, not the ones who spend the full $20. There’s really nothing to do about it. But store-owners beware–NEVER give change of any $ unless they purchase something.

  4. Here’s the thing. the clerk takes the 20 puts it in the draw, closes the draw. Then opens the draw and pulls out a 20. Which 20? The one the “black” guy gave him,or a bad one he got last week. By putting it I the draw and closing it, the chain of custody is broken. No one to arrest here folks. Move along.

  5. to #20
    they can take the bill & check it for fingerprints & then see who it matches besides the cashier & then see if the man in the video comes up

  6. My wife told me an African-American passed her a counterfeit $20 bill at the store she works at in Lakewood. They never caught him. I’ll ask her in the morning if this looks like the same guy.

  7. ? says: January 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm “why didnt he check the bill before giving the person change?”

    Why? Do you think he wants a gun at his head??

  8. Anonymous #20: You seem knowledgeable, but it’s a drawer, not a draw. Draw means creating a picture with a writing tool or pulling out something, like a gun, or Moshe fromt he water. Just thought you’d like to know.

  9. To Common Sense #28 ..Thanks that was bugging me too and was about to comment. This “draw” mistake comes from the type of NY accent some have, where they pronounce “drawer” like “draw” and end up thinking that’s how you pronounce it.

  10. i was in a store recently and gave a $20 and cashier checked it before putting it into the drawer. its very common to see this now days you. as a cashier you should be told by your boss to be on the look for anything that doesn’t not right.

  11. From the comments I would think that this whole thing is just commercial promotion & a way to promote this establishmemt. The people invoved were hired. Well if so Gret job & good Luck!

  12. This is how you get REAL money in exchange for FAKE !!! You buy a small item with FAKE large bill and get change with REAL money !!! All perps know that. The reason why this looked suspicios is because it’s not common to walk into a fish store to buy just a small bottle of soda ….

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