Kennewick police see spike in counterfeit bills

KENNEWICK POLICE NEWS RELEASE -- In the month of January this year we have a seen a spike in counterfeit bills being passed in Kennewick. Here is a quick summary of the details:

13-1037 - fake $20's (3 by same person); also had some $5's from 1/8/13. 1/10/13 at 528 S. Ely - Tesoro Food Mart

13-1294 - 1/13/13 - Twigs Bistro. Fake $20

13-1353 - 1/14/13 - Westgate school - fake $5 - came in sometime in December

13-1465 - 1/15/13 - 8200 W. Gage - Banner Bank - fake $10 that came in from one of the McDonald's in the area (unk which store)

In addition, a detective is working Yokes today regarding 5 counterfeit bills that they received last Friday night.

Unfortunately many businesses don't detect or report counterfeit bills when they are presented and then they aren't detected until deposits are made at the bank. If you receive a counterfeit bill, please call police immediately.

If someone has information that they would like to provide while remaining confidential, they may call the Crime Stoppers line at 586-TIPS (8477), 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit