Police are looking for two men they say have passed counterfeit $50 bills to several San Luis Obispo County businesses in the last week.
In a countywide alert to businesses Monday, the San Luis Obispo Police Department reported that between Jan. 16 and 19, an undisclosed number of businesses accepted $10 bills washed to look like $50 bills.
The department is advising businesses that the bills appear legitimate at first but clearly include a “shadow” image of Alexander Hamilton and a $10 security strip, both of which can be seen when checking the bills using a light source.
No information has yet been released about how many bills have been circulated or if the two men are thought to be working together.
One man is described as white and in his late 30s to early 40s with brown hair and a heavy build, standing about 5 foot 9. He was last seen wearing a blue short-sleeved collared shirt, blue cargo shorts, white shoes and a white baseball cap.
The second is described as a black man in his 40s with a shaved head and a beard, standing about 5 foot 10, and was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and sweatpants and black sunglasses.
Police do not yet have any vehicle description associated with either man.
At least one of the men is also suspected of using counterfeit bills for purchases at a number of Pismo Beach businesses, but a spokesperson for the department said the department is not releasing any information at this time.
Business owners are encouraged to scrutinize any large bills presented to them with a security light and to contact their local police department with any information on the men.