UPDATE January 29 4:56 pm:
Two more counterfeit bills reported
Two more Key Largo salons have reported receiving counterfeit $100 bills under similar circumstances, bringing the total so far to four of the fake bills passed in the Key Largo area this week.
In all four cases a man fitting a similar description has entered hair or nail salons and has purchased gift certificates for $40 – $50 using a fake $100 bill and receiving cash for the balance.
The most recent two cases to be reported occurred at T & T Nails and Linda Lee’s Hairport, both salons in Key Largo. The first two reported incidents were at Tiffany’s Styling Salon and Tina Nails and Spa. In three of the four cases, the bills were reportedly passed on Wednesday afternoon. The case at Linda Lee’s Hairport reportedly took place Tuesdayafternoon, but wasn’t discovered until today.
All witnesses say the fake bills were passed by an older Hispanic male, possibly in his 60s with graying or salt and pepper hair and a heavy accent.
All businesses should be wary of accepting such bills and should check them carefully. In all of these cases the bills were exactly the same, bearing the same exact serial number of “LE66130232B”.
Anyone with information about the case should contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys at 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may also be submitted on line at www.tipsubmit.com.
Counterfeit $100 bills were used at two Key Largo businesses Wednesday afternoon.
In both instances, a man with a similar description walked in to the businesses – Tiffany’s Styling Salon and Tina Nails and Spa – and used counterfeit $100 bills to purchase gift certificates. He received certificates for $40 from one business and $50 from the other business and the balance was returned to him in cash. After he left, the businesses discovered the bills were fake.
The man is described as 5’9 – 5’10 inches tall, 45 – 60 years old with gray or salt and pepper hair and a Spanish accent. He was wearing a grey shirt, possibly striped and faded jeans.