BPD seeks public's help in identifying suspected counterfeiters

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Group may have hit other areas

The Bardstown Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying three people suspected of passing fake cash at Walmart.
Captain Tom Roby said about $800 worth of counterfeit money was used at the Bardstown Walmart within a 30-day period. On Thursday, BPD shared surveillance photos of three people believed to be behind the crime.
“We are working to get better photographs and better video,” Roby said, adding that the individuals had not been identified as of press time for this issue.
But it’s possible the three are not from the Bardstown area.
“We do believe that they’ve hit other places around us,” he said. “We are working with other agencies to see if it’s the same group that have hit other places in Central Kentucky.”
Roby said BPD had been contacted by other agencies about the issue, believing the trio could be the same that has reportedly hit Walmarts — and possibly other stores — in Radcliff, Hardinsburg, Bowling Green, Tell City and Lebanon.  
“It’s possible they’ve been traveling a basic perimeter,” he said.
As for the cash, Roby said the fake bills range from $10 to $100.
“They are very genuine looking bills,” he said. “It takes good inspection to pick some of them out.”
This is not the first time Nelson County has been hit by counterfeiters. Several cases have popped up over the past few years. Earlier this month, two men were indicted on 15 counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument after attempting to pass fake $100s at area stores in Bardstown. Roby said the bills involved in that instance were good, but the recent spree has been of higher quality.
“It’s some of the best looking counterfeit bills I’ve seen,” he said. “It’s not cheap paper, they have a good feel.”
He said there are some bills that have a noticeable discoloration on the paper where they were not trimmed properly that make them identifiable as counterfeit.
As the BPD continues to work with agencies to identify the suspects and determine if there is a connection to other cases and where the money might be coming from, it is asking anyone with information to contact the department at 348-6811 or Nelson County Dispatch at 348-3211.