Several counterfeit bills have turned up recently in Leavenworth, a police spokesman said.

Several counterfeit bills have turned up recently in Leavenworth, a police spokesman said.

On Monday, someone reported finding two counterfeit $20 bills along a curb and driveway in the 1100 block of Olive Street. The bills were turned over to police.

Early Tuesday morning, an employee at 7-Eleven, 701 Metropolitan Ave., reported that someone attempted to use a counterfeit $50 bill at the business.

“The clerk noticed it was fake when it was passed,” said Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.

The employee informed the suspect that law enforcement officers would be contacted. The suspect left the store.

Nicodemus said the counterfeit bill appeared to be a real $5 bill that had been altered to look like a $50 bill.

A similar bill reportedly had turned up June 13 at a Family Dollar store at 1906 Spruce St.

In that case, a counterfeit $50 bill was used to make a purchase, and the suspect received $41 in change.

The counterfeit bill used in this case also appears to be a real $5 bill that was altered, according to Nicodemus.

The deputy police chief said a clerk at the Family Dollar store used a counterfeit detection pen to check the bill. But this test did not indicate that the bill was fake.

Another counterfeit $50 bill was reported to the Leavenworth Police Department on June 11 at a Casey’s General Store at 2100 S. Fourth St. That bill reportedly had been used to make a purchase at the store a couple of days earlier.

Nicodemus said the cases will be turned over to the U.S. Secret Service. The Secret Service investigates cases involving counterfeit currency.

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