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Phony Benjamins: Man Sought for Passing Fake $100 Bills at Leesburg Outlets

The suspect made purchases at several stores and was caught on surveillance video.

That's the money: This man is wanted for allegedly passing counterfeit money at Leesburg Premium Outlet Mall. Credit: Leesburg Police Department
That's the money: This man is wanted for allegedly passing counterfeit money at Leesburg Premium Outlet Mall. Credit: Leesburg Police Department

Several stores at the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlet Mall discovered phony money in their registers Saturday and the Leesburg Police Department have zeroed in on a single suspect caught on surveillance video.

In each case, the suspect made a small purchase at a store and paid with what turned out to be a counterfeit $100 bill, according to a police report. By making small purchases, the suspect maximized the change he received, according to the report.

Bills were passed at Wilson’s Leather, Claire’s, Stride Rite Keds Sperry and L’eggs Hanes Bali Playtex. The suspect attempted to pass another bill at the Converse Store, but employees declined to accept the bill.

The suspect was identified as a black male, with a medium build, a light goatee and a tattoo on his neck. He was wearing dark pants, a stocking cap and a white, striped lightweight jacket. 

Anyone with information about the counterfeit money or the identity of the suspect is asked to call Detective Drogin with the Leesburg Police Department at 703-771-4541.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the Leesburg Crime Line at 703-443-TIPS (8477); or use TIPSUBMIT from a smart phone or computer. Find links to TIPSUBMIT at www.leesburgva.gov/police.

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