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Suspects use movie prop money to scam several Hamilton businesses

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Posted at 1:16 PM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 14:02:45-04

HAMILTON — Hamilton police are investigating a rash of counterfeit money passed last week in the city, including one $100 bill for a frozen treat at a Main Street business.

On July 15, a fake $100 bill was used to buy a snow cone at about 4:30 p.m. at Tropical Shaved Ice in the 1300 block of Main. The suspect received approximately $95 in change from the purchase, according to the police report.

A suspect also attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill a few hours earlier at Sonic restaurant in the 1500 block of Erie Boulevard earlier in the day, according to police.

Also on July 15, two fake $20 bills were used at Family Dollar in the 1200 block of Main Street.

On Friday, a suspect bought cigarettes and a bottle of tea, totaling $34, with fake cash at United Dairy Farmers in the first block of Brookwood Avenue, according to police reports.

The owner of the Tropical Ice business, who did not want to be identified for fear of retaliation, said at least one more business was also defrauded last week and police have a suspect.

He said there were several males, riding on bicycles. They were using movie prop money that can be ordered off the internet.

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