Two cases of counterfeit cash were reported to Richmond police last week, but these cases are difficult to solve, according to Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.

A complainant reported Wednesday that she had received a counterfeit $10 bill in change from a local tobacco store. The counterfeit was discovered when she attempted to purchase items with the bill at another store. The bill bore the serial #ID07455602A, according to police.

Another complainant reported Thursday that he was unwittingly in possession of counterfeit $50 bill. It was discovered that the bill was counterfeit when the complainant attempted to pay for merchandise at Walmart. A police investigation determined that the bill originated from a bank in Somerset, Brock said.   

“If a person innocently possesses the money and there is no criminal intent, there would be no basis for a charge,” he said.

It is very difficult to determine the origin of the counterfeit bills, Brock said.

“We try to follow up on any leads available to us, but sometimes the bill is received from a legitimate business or has changed hands a number of times which makes it difficult to trace,” he said. “We refer information to the U.S. Secret Service as well to determine if the bills are originating from a counterfeiting ring or are just isolated incidents.”

Police advise shoppers to look carefully at their change when shopping. Check for several bills of the same denomination bearing sequential serial numbers. Check for a watermark, which is visible when you hold a bill up to the light. If you are not certain, take the money to a bank or police department and have an expert determine if it is fake.

Other crimes

• A resident of an apartment in the 700 block of Sizemore Drive reported Sunday that his residence had been broken into and a number of items were stolen. 

There were no signs of forced entry, Brock said. The following items were reported stolen: a Sentry fire safe; a Citadel .45 caliber pistol with wood handles; a red Kodak Easy Share digital camera, model M531, 14 megapixels; a Smith & Wesson pocket knife; a Husky pocket knife; two silver necklaces; a carton of Marlboro cigarettes; and purple change purse with an unknown amount of change. The estimated loss is $1066.       

• A resident of an apartment in the 100 block of Maple Hill Drive reported Sunday that her residence had been broken into sometime during a 24-hour period. Items missing include a Samsung 34-inch television and a black Samsung Surge cellular telephone. Entry was gained by forcing open the rear door, according to police. The estimated loss is $250.

• On Friday, police arrested James E. McCafferty, 26, of O’Roark Drive, for unlawful drug possession following a call to a suspected burglary.

Officers were dispatched at approximately 5  p.m. to a residence in the 100 block of Manna Drive to investigate a reported burglary in progress.

Upon arrival, officers determined that the complaint was unfounded. However, McCafferty was at the scene and police discovered there was a warrant outstanding for his arrest for failure to appear in court on traffic charges, Brock said.

He was taken into custody and a Suboxone pill was later located in his possession. He was charged with second-degree possession of a controlled substance.

As of Monday, McCafferty remained lodged at the Madison County Detention Center with a $750 cash bond.

• A resident of an apartment in the 1000 block of Merrick Drive reported Thursday that a tool box designed to fit in the bed of a pickup truck had been stolen from the rear of his residence during the night of Tuesday, March 8.

The plastic tool box was black in color with white paint stains on the stop and bore the lettering “I love H” in yellow on the side. The miscellaneous camping and fishing supplies inside the box have an estimated value of  $150.

• A resident in the 100 block of Highland View reported Thursday that her residence had been broken into during the evening hours and a dresser drawer containing approximately $30 worth of 50-cent coins had been stolen. A side door was forced open to gain entry, Brock said.

• A resident of an apartment in the 1200 block of Arlington Drive reported Wednesday that his residence had been broken into during the day and a number of items were stolen. 

The point of entry was undetermined, according to police. Items missing include approximately $40 in coins; a Vizio television remote control unit; a Philips DVD remote control unit; and a cable remote control unit. The estimated loss is $70.

Anyone with information related to the crimes is asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162. 

Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon@ or 624-6608.


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