But for some reason, that first line of defense either didn’t work or wasn’t used.
Police posted the pictures on its Facebook page of two people suspected of passing the phony money on Feb. 22nd, but it wasn’t until the next day that the fake twenties were discovered and reported by Walmart to police.
“No, I don’t recognize any of those,” said Walmart customer Tracy Clark of Norwich. “No, I haven’t and I come here frequently.”
Police said the duo bought $2,000 worth of gift cards with the fake cash at Walmart and then the man was seen at Big Y next door where $400 worth of gift cards were bought with counterfeit cash.
He also appears to be the man wanted by Stonington police for the same thing.
At Bozrah Home & Hardware, which is just up the road from Walmart and also not far from I-395, they kept an eye out for bogus bills and suspicious customers like those wanting to use big bills for small purchases.
They said their bank gives them tips for catching counterfeit cash.
“You see the eagle right there in the background and you see it says ‘USA USA,'” explained store owner Maureen Noblet.
There are also other things to look for on bigger bills.
“On the $50 and the $100, there will be an actual ribbon that goes right across the blue ribbon and behind it will be a copy of the president’s face right behind it,” added Noblet, who said the pens used to detect phony bills don’t always work.
The bank also suggests using a black light device to detect phony money because if the retailer doesn’t catch it they lose that money.
“It is worrisome,” said Noblet, who takes a close look at all big bills. “Yes, we do.”
Norwich police said that this counterfeit case has been taken over by detectives who will try to determine if there are any other victims out there, and they’ll also try to track down the thieves.