An alert store clerk called police Monday, Sept. 17 after a customer handed him a counterfeit ten dollar bill to pay for a pack of cigarettes. The clerk told police that he observed the bill to be smooth on the surface when he ran his fingers across the top of the bill. A smooth surface is an indicator that the currency is fake.

The suspect was still on scene when officers arrived at the store in the 800 block of Strickland. The suspect stated that he didn’t know the bill was fake, and explained to police that he thinks he got the bill from Flying J on Hwy. 62 the day before.

The man told police he went to Flying J to purchase snacks and cigarettes and paid with a $20 bill, and that his change included the $10 bill.

The bill was seized as evidence.