Counterfeiters hitting yard sales

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News 12 at 6:00, March 9, 2007

Grovetown, Ga. --- Neighbors said they thought a yard sale would be the most unlikely place for something like this to happen. Four houses on Fall Creek Lane in Grovetown had yard sales Saturday. Neighbors said sometime between 8:00 A.M. and 12 noon, someone passed counterfeit money.

Donna Myers said there were several people that came to her house and would buy one and two dollar items and pay with a twenty dollar bill. Myers said she was constantly running in the house to get more change. She said later on, they were looking at the money and it was obvious that the money was thicker and even had the same serial numbers. That's when the neighbors discovered the bills were counterfeit. Neighbors said there were a lot of people coming and going throughout the day, but don't remember seeing anything suspicious.

"Because I happened to get the most. Lost the most of the neighbors. And it's just really a sad thing. It is just really a sad thing that people would do that," Donna Myers said.

"We're just trying to do a good thing. Get rid of some things. Everybody was having a good time and to find out that people are actually doing this kind of thing at a yard sale is just unbelievable," Maria Harvey said.

About $130 was stolen from all four yard sales. Both neighbors said people need to be on the lookout, and said the next time they have a yard sale, they'll use a detector pen to check the 10's, 20's, and 50 dollar bills to make sure they're real.

If you have any information on the counterfeiters, you are asked to call the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

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