Police seek pair who paid with fake bills

Rogue River police are looking for a pair who allegedly passed off two counterfeit $100 bills to local businesses over the weekend.

One of the $100 bills was paid to a cashier at Ace Hardware-Main Building Supply on Saturday and another at Rogue River Pharmacy the same day, Rogue River Police Chief Ken Lewis said.

The two persons of interest, caught on tape by security cameras outside the building supply store, are described as a white woman of a medium build in her mid-40s with dark blond hair and a white man of average height in his mid-40s with dark hair, Lewis said.

Lewis said he would not label the pair as suspects in the case unless surveillance footage from the building supply store and pharmacy reveal the same individuals.

Following an interview with the pharmacy's technicians Tuesday, Lewis said he was "suspicious" that the individuals who were caught on tape at the building supply store were the same couple who passed off the second counterfeit bill at the pharmacy.

Lewis said he would review the pharmacy's surveillance footage today and make a determination.

The persons of interest purchased a bale of alfalfa and horse feed at the building supply store and about $50 worth of items at the pharmacy, Lewis said.

"We have no idea who they are," he said. "Nobody recognized them.

"The $100 bills were obviously from the same batch."

The woman did all the talking, while the man drove a red extra-cab pickup with chrome wheels and unknown plates, Lewis said.

The $100 bills were both deposited Monday at the Rogue River branch of First Community Credit Union, which reported them to police as counterfeit.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Rogue River Police Department at 541-582-4931.

Reach reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-776-4471 or swheeler@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/swhlr.

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