STORM LAKE, Iowa | A fake $100 bill that turned up at a store in Storm Lake last month is under investigation by the Storm Lake Police Department.
Chris Cole, an assistant chief of the Storm Lake Police Department, said the department seized the bill, which "was turned into us on the 12th of December," after it was reported by a store employee.
Cole could not identify which business had turned in the bill, citing the ongoing investigation.
The suspect in the case handed the bill to an employee of the business, who immediately identified it as a fake. When the employee confronted the person about it, they left the store without any merchandise and without getting any change.
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Apparently, a certain feature of the forgery made it obvious to the cashier.
"It had some pink writing on it, that is like Chinese writing, and the person saw that, and recognized that it wasn't a real bill," Cole said.
Cole said this bill isn't the only one of its kind, though he isn't sure exactly how many others are out there or where they come from.
"I know other bills have popped up across the country," he said.