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Horn Lake police search for money counterfeiter

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HORN LAKE, MS (WMC-TV) - Police in Horn Lake are looking for a person using a cut-and-paste method to change the value of a ten dollar bill.

According to Horn Lake Police Lt. Scott Evans, the counterfeiter first struck on November 14, when he bought and paid for items at a garage sale using a fake bill.

"He's taking a ten dollar bill, cutting out the zeros from another bill, and then adding it to a ten, making it into a hundred," Evans said.

The suspect struck a second time Monday at a garden center in Horn Lake.  According to Evans, at first glance, it's hard to tell the modified bills have been tampered with.

"Unless you knew who the president was, and knew what building was on the back of a 100 dollar bill, at first glance you would think it was real," he said.

Steve Sterns, owner of the Enchanted Garden Center, said he was giving his employees careful advice.

"Keep your eyes out," he said. "It's that time of year everybody's trying to make a quick buck.  And know your presidents."

According to police, the suspect is a Hispanic man standing 5'7" and weighing about 160 pounds.   Anyone with information is asked to contact the Horn Lake Police Department at 662-895-4111.

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