Crime

Police looking for suspects after counterfeit money used at gas station

Myrtle Beach authorities are investigating after store patrons used counterfeit money at a local gas station, according to a police report.

Officers were called about 12:48 a.m. Wednesday to the Circle K at 1611 S. Kings Hwy where a store employee, whose age was not listed in the report, told police about the incident.

The store employee said five men arrived at the store about 12:20 a.m. in a Dodge Dart. The employee said two men entered the store and paid for gas with a $10 dollar bill, authorities said.

The employee told police he noticed the bill felt differently than most cash when he went to put it in the register after the suspects left the store, so he used a tender-tester pen and discovered the money was counterfeit, police said.

The two suspects then came back into the store and tried using a $20 dollar bill to pay for alcohol, and the employee also believed the $20 to be counterfeit, according to the report.

Police said the $10 dollar bill didn’t feel like regular cash and also said the length was not consistent with regular money.

Authorities got surveillance footage and photos from the store of the suspects.

Police said an investigation is ongoing.

Myrtle Beach authorities were also called in reference to a patron attempting to pay with counterfeit cash on May 24 during the Bikefest weekend. Police said a woman tried to pay for food with a counterfeit $50 at a Japanese restaurant at the Coastal Grand mall, according to an incident report.

Authorities were also called that same day to the Landmark hotel after getting reports that counterfeit money was being thrown from a balcony into the pool area from about 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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