SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. – Police officers from several agencies served a search warrant today in Burlington in connection with an investigation into counterfeit money.
A few counterfeit cash cases first cropped up in Skagit County in January. The Anacortes Police Department warned area merchants to be vigilant.
Mount Vernon police noticed a spike in cases of bad bills in March. It just added to the number of reports being received by law enforcement throughout Skagit County.
"Over the last couple months these bills have been showing up at different businesses and banks," said Lt. Chris Cammock, Mount Vernon Police Department. "Today they developed enough information to serve a search warrant."
A multi-agency operation took part in serving the search warrant in the 400 block of North Skagit Street in Burlington. A 20-year-old Burlington man was taken into custody for investigation of forgery and other unrelated outstanding warrants. Items were also taken from the home.
Jeff Drenski opened up the Skagit River Bakery in downtown Anacortes a few weeks ago. He has heard about concerns over counterfeit cash, but has not seen any of the fake money in his shop.
"Anytime you open up your business, the first year is really hard. I imagine if you get counterfeit bills it would just wipe you out," said Drenski.
Police are investigating to see if the Skagit County counterfeit cash cases are connected, and if there's any tie to reported cases in Snohomish and Whatcom counties.
Police warn people to check their currency, especially $20 bills and larger.