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Police respond to several incidents involving counterfeit money in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach police were called after a woman tried to use counterfeit money at the Coastal Grand mall food court on Sunday.

The incident occurred not long before police responded to an Ocean Boulevard hotel where counterfeit money was being thrown from a balcony.

Officers were first called about 1:15 p.m. Sunday to the Tokyo Japan restaurant in the Coastal Grand mall food court where a 56-year-old man reported the incident, police said.

The victim, who is also the restaurant owner, told police that a young woman came to the restaurant, chose numerous items and then proceeded to the checkout, authorities said.

The victim said the woman then tried to pay with a $50 bill that appeared to be a fake when the victim checked its authenticity with a counterfeit pen, according to the police report.

The victim told police the woman said she was going to go get some cash from a friend, but never came back.

Police checked the serial number on the $50 bill and said that the same serial number has been used on other counterfeit dollar bills and that the money was linked to another police report.

The details of that other incident were not available on Tuesday morning.

Myrtle Beach police responded to a third incident involving counterfeit money on Sunday when they were called about 3 p.m. to the Landmark Hotel at 1501 S. Ocean Blvd., authorities said.

Police said counterfeit money was being thrown from a hotel balcony into the pool area from about 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Authorities said multiple bills had the same serial number and also said the paper was not consistent with real cash.

Police had not made any arrests in connection with the cases by Tuesday morning.

Contact ELIZABETH TOWNSEND at 626-0217 or on Twitter @TSN_etownsend.

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