San Ignacio police are looking for four persons following separated reports of counterfeit currency in circulation in the community.
In the first report, on Friday, January 8, 2010, HuiYun TAN, 45, Belizean businessman of Santa Elena Town reported that about 7:00 pm, whilst inside his store, two male persons entered and ordered 2 cigarettes paying with a BZ$20.00 bill for which they received $19.25 in change.
Tan later found out that the money, with serial number DF641445, was not a legal tender but actually but counterfeitted.
In the second report, Ken HUANG, 33, Belizean businessman also of Santa Elena Town reported that it was shortly after 7:00 pm also on Friday, January 8, 2010, when a male person entered hisAlwin’s Superstore on the Western Highway and paid for groceries with a BZ$20.00 bearing serial number DF558581 which was later discovered to be counterfeit.
In the third incident, Lizette GONGORA, 29, Belizean manager of Santa Elena Town reported that about 7:20 pm also on Friday, January 8, 2010, whilst at her work place in Santa Elena Town, two male persons entered the bar and ordered 2 beers. One of them paid with a BZ$20.00 bearing serial number DF467652, which was later discovered to be counterfeit.
In the fourth incident, Eduardo Luis Waight, 47, residing at #1039 Coconut Street, Santa Elena Town, reported that at around 7:50 pm on, Sunday, January 10, 2010 a hispanicmale person entered his mini-shop located at the same address a paid for $1. worth of cigarettes with a $20. bill and left with $19 in change. The money with serial number DF641445, was later found to be counterfeit.
Police are seeking 4 persons whom they believe could assist them in the investigation.
The police advises the public in general, and members of the business community in particular in the San Ignacio/ Sana Elena Area, to be on the lookout for bogus bills in circulation within the community.