SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said Friday it is looking for a woman believed to have used counterfeit bills at two stores.
Tamara Jones, owner of pottery-painting studio Hearts of Clay, said the woman used a fake $100 bill to buy a small box. Jones said she then took the purchase, roughly $80 in change and several dollars’ worth of stolen stickers and left the store abruptly.
A small camera stationed by the cash register caught the entire interaction on camera.
“It was a real open reminder of, hey, there’s really bad people out there,” Jones said.
Hearts of Clay posted on Facebook about the incident.
The owner said, “And say a prayer for me, I am angry and heartbroken over the lack of human decency.
Investigators told 7NEWS that the woman in the video used several identical bills at a nearby Hotspot over the course of several days. The sheriff’s office said the woman asked for change in increments of $10 each time.
Anyone with information about who this woman is asked to call the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.
The United States Secret Service, which handles cases of counterfeit money, offered a tool to identify fake currency. You can view that tool here. The US Currency website also has a guide to help authenticate money here.
Those who suspect a bill of being fake can report it to local law enforcement and can report it here.