Thanks to swift reporting by local businesses, RCMP arrested five Lower Mainland men over the weekend for attempting to pass counterfeit $100 US bills.
Police were notified by a business on Saturday, Aug. 13, that a man had attempted to make a purchase with one of the fake bills. Later that day, two other businesses reported the same.
A call came in around 3:40 p.m. from a business reporting that man had made another attempt at using one of the bills before getting into a cab with others. Police intercepted the cab a few blocks away and five individuals were arrested. They were found to be carrying another 15 counterfeit bills.
The suspects, all male, are age 22 and 23 . Three of them were previously known to police. Their next court appearance is Sept. 12.
Kamloops RCMP are asking any local businesses that accepted or were presented with suspicious $100 US bills on Aug. 13 to contact them at 250-828-3000.
The suspects attempted to pass the bills at at least eight businesses Saturday.
For information on detecting counterfeit Canadian or U.S. bills, visit the Bank of Canada website.