Scam artists push fake $100 bills

Photo Credit: Surveillance footage

3rd Update: Robert Taylor, 25, was arrested and charged with forgery after turning himself into police Saturday morning at approximately 11:50 a.m.

2nd Update:
23-year-old Mario Fuller turned himself in Thursday afternoon to the Albany Police Department.

Today, police announced that Fuller was involved with using conterfeit 100 dollar bills at seven area stores and possibly more. Investigators say the money used was actually five dollar bills that had a 100 dollar imprint on them.

The case remains active while police continue searching for 25-year-old Robert Taylor who they believe also has ties to the crime.

1st Update: Albany police have released surveillance photos in hopes that they will help catch thieves who are using counterfeit bills.

Wal-Mart is one of six stores targeted by the criminals.

A person of interest is being questioned about the crimes.

The black male in the photos has not been identified. Anyone with information on his whereabouts are asked to contact authorities.

Original: Scam artists are targeting local stores with fake money and police are warning store owners and cashiers to be on the lookout.

Around 2:00 a.m. Wednesday afternoon, two black males entered the Wal-Mart on Oglethorpe Blvd. and made a small purchase with fake $100 bills.

After getting real cash in exchange the men fled the store in a white 1990 Chevy Caprice.

Police say the bills are actually $5 bills washed and covered with the imprint of a $100 bill.

A representative for the Albany Police Department says businesses need to be on alert.

"What we need businesses to do is pay close attention to the money that they're receiving when they're doing transactions or any local business or any business and take a second look at the money that's being passed," says Albany Police Media Specialist Phyllis Banks.

She says cashiers should double check all one hundred dollar bills for special markings and contact authorities if they find anything suspicious.

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