Archive for Wednesday, May 7, 2003

Bad check cashed in town

May 7, 2003

A man used a counterfeit second-party check to take about $340 in cash and liquor from a Baldwin business last week.

Baldwin City Police Chief Mike McKenna said at around 8 p.m. Thursday, a man entered Callahan Retail Liquor, 310 Ames St., purchased $60 worth of liquor and paid for it with a $346 second-party check, which turned out to be counterfeit.

The man was a 35 to 45-year-old white male, around 6 feet tall, with dark eyes and long, thin, stringy blond hair. He was wearing a long-sleeved blue shirt, jeans and a ball cap.

McKenna said this is the only incident with a counterfeit check in Baldwin so far.

"But I wouldn't be surprised if others start popping up in the next week," he said.

"Those who have the skill to do this will drop a few checks and are long gone before it's discovered the checks are forgeries," he said. "They can produce authentic looking checks that can fool anyone."

To avoid being scammed, McKenna suggested businesses use caution when accepting second-party checks.

"I know it's a difficult stop for a retailer because you want to please the customer and make the sale," he said. "But if the customer is a stranger to you, suggest they go to the bank and cash it."

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