On Monday, December 16, multiple Magnolia Park shops reported two people attempting to buy small-value items with counterfeit $100 bills to the Burbank Police. In one instance, the attempt succeeded. While each attempt was conducted by one individual, the attempts all happened within a close time and location to each other.
The suspects are described as a Black female, age 22-27, 5’5″, 140 pounds, wearing dark clothing and a Black male, age 30-38, 5’10” and wearing dark clothing. No further information on the suspects’ appearance or vehicle have been released.
At 2:56 p.m. on December 16, the female suspect attempted to buy a small item with a counterfeit $100 bill at Halloweentown, located at 2921 W. Magnolia Blvd. The clerk at that shop did not accept the $100 bill after discovering it was counterfeit.
At 3:20 p.m. that same day, the female suspect also attempted to purchase an item at Mindfulnest, at 3319 W. Magnolia Blvd. The store again did not accept the $100 bill. At the same time, the male suspect attempted to buy a trinket at Irina’s Tailors at 3005 W. Magnolia Blvd. and his $100 bill was denied as well.
However, at 3:45 p.m. that day, the male suspect was able to purchase a $10 antique candlestick from Best of Times antique shop at 3401 W. Magnolia Blvd. with a counterfeit $100 bill.
At 4 p.m. the male suspect also tried to purchase a low-value item at Burbank Antiques at 3423 W. Magnolia Blvd. with a counterfeit $100 bill and the money was not accepted by the store.
“Those stores that were able to check the large bills and determine they were counterfeit were able to avoid the loss,” commented Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. “While it is that time of year when shops are busy and people don’t always have time to check, it’s important for stores to follow procedure, to make sure the banks provide them with that pen to check large bills.”
“If someone tries to pass counterfeit bills,” Sgt. Ryburn advised local shopkeepers, “try to get a good description of them and their vehicle, and call the police at 818-238-3000 to report the attempt.”