11 Monroe businesses hit with counterfeit $100 bills

Police investigate whether incidents are connected to others in area
11 Monroe businesses hit with counterfeit $100 bills

Eleven businesses in Monroe were victims of people passing apparently counterfeit $100 bills, according to a release from the Monroe Police Department.

Officials said the persons of interest entered the businesses between 5 and 7 p.m. Monday and made small cash purchases with the $100 bills.

The businesses were later contacted by their banks about the bills, which all had the same serial number, according to the release.

Monroe police are looking for three African-American men who were observed on video surveillance passing the alleged counterfeit bills. Officials believe a silver Toyota Matrix, possibly 2005 or 2006 model year, may be involved.

Similar incidents have been reported in other southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois communities, and law enforcement officials are working together to determine if they are related, according to the release.

Officials ask anyone with information on the incidents or who can identify the people believed to be involved to call the Monroe Police Department at 608-329-2400 or the Green County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-7463.