A five dollar bill didn’t make it past the counterfeit pen test at a local restaurant Saturday and now police are investigating exactly where the phony bill originated.
Myrtle Beach police were called to the McDonald’s at 2607 S. Kings Highway around 8:36 a.m. in reference to a counterfeit $5 bill. A clerk told police a man had tried to pay for his order with the bill, but when she marked it with a pen used to detect counterfeit currency it tested positive.
The customer told police he had other bills in his possession and the rest of his money was found to be legitimate. He paid for his breakfast and told police he had received approximately four five dollar bills from a local candy store the night before, according to a police report.
The officer on scene inspected the bill and found the currency had no raised edges, lacked the proper paper thickness and had faded ink on one side of the bill. There were no watermarks or ink dots in the grain of the bill when held to the light, police said in the report.
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An officer also found that the ink on the front side of the bill rubbed off on a piece of white paper. The counterfeit currency case is still under investigation. No arrests were made Saturday.