SULPHUR, Okla. (KXII)-- The Sulphur Police Department is warning residents to be on the lookout for counterfeit cash, after a man was arrested with over seventy, fake $100 bills.
"It's terrible, terrible that somebody could do that to businesses around here." Local vape shop manager Kayleigh Barton said.
Barton says hearing that counterfeit money has been circulating through Sulphur is upsetting, including at the Braum's just across the street.
"That's taking out of all our employee's pay, that's taking away from our business, that's taking away everything we've worked hard for." Barton said.
Mazzio's and Taco Mayo were also hit, each taking a fake, 100-dollar bill.
"Give them a 100-bill at rush hour, people get busy, and they don't recognize it." Sulphur Police Chief David Shores said.
19-year-old Jared Eastman was arrested, found with over 70 of the fake bills; worth over $7,000.
"That's quite a bit of money to be floating around, and its a wonder more haven't been passed." Shores said.
There haven't been any reports of fake money since the arrest, but Shores says always pay close attention to cash.
Look, and feel.
"If you just hold it up to the light, you can tell there's no water marks in the money." Shores said. "You can kinda tell by feeling, it just doesn't feel right, like real money, it feels like thick paper to me."
Now, Barton is taking extra precautions- checking every bill that comes through her door with a counterfeit pen.
"It's a reminder that there are bad people out there trying to do bad things, and get their way, and get what they want, and not care who they hurt or affect in the process." Barton said.
And if you ever feel unsure about whether or not the money you're handling is fake, Shores says to not to hesitate calling police.