Hanna RCMP is warning businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit bills.
This comes after reports of a person using counterfeit US $20 bills at a business in Hanna. It appears they may be using the bills to purchase gift cards.
One incident happened this morning, March 8, at about 8 a.m. at the Fas Gas in Hanna. The paper and images used on the bill were of poor quality. The suspect also inquired about purchasing phone or gift cards. This is a method of converting counterfeit currency into something that has legitimate value.
Hanna RCMP Corporal Trent Sperlie says they believe the person engaging in this activity might be on the move and may try to do the same at other unsuspecting businesses in the area.
The last known direction of travel was not determined but it is believed the suspect is also responsible for similar crimes in the Brooks Detachment area as well as in Saskatchewan.
The suspect vehicle is described as a red Jeep Wrangler with black trim.
The suspect was a white male, approximately 6' tall, wearing a dark hoodie, dark hat with a round red logo that says "Volcom", jeans and white-rimmed sunglasses. He has also been seen in the Brooks area wearing black-rimmed sunglasses and a blue hoodie.
There may be other people travelling with the suspect. If the suspect(s) or the suspect vehicle is seen, do not approach. Contact your local police immediately.
Information about this crime can be provided directly to the Hanna RCMP at (403)854-3393 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.