Paso Robles po­lice iden­tify per­son of in­ter­est in case of coun­ter­feit bills at busi­nesses

The Tribune (SLO) - - News - BY NICK WIL­SON nwil­[email protected]­bune­ Nick Wil­son: 805-781-7922, @Nick­wilson­trib

Paso Robles po­lice have iden­ti­fied a per­son of in­ter­est in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into two sus­pects who are be­lieved to have passed coun­ter­feit $100 bills at busi­nesses in the city in re­cent days.

The de­part­ment is now look­ing for county res­i­dent Bran­don Vinnedge, 41, and is ask­ing for the pub­lic’s help lo­cat­ing him.

On May 6, a man en­tered Al­liance Board Shop at 1233 Park St. about 11:15 a.m. and pur­chased a pair of socks with a $100 bill. He was given change for the trans­ac­tion. The bill used was later dis­cov­ered to be fraud­u­lent.

The sus­pect was last seen wear­ing a black and gray flan­nel jacket, black hat and blue jeans. He’s de­scribed by wit­nesses as be­ing in his late 20s with a medium build, get­ting into a black Lin­coln LS be­lieved to be be­tween the years of 2000 and 2002.

Of­fi­cers re­sponded to a sec­ond re­port of a coun­ter­feit pur­chase at 1222 Spring St., where a heavy­set man with a goa­tee bought a $100 gift card with a coun­ter­feit $100 bill and left the busi­ness. That sus­pect was de­scribed by the vic­tim as 5 feet 8 inches tall to 5 feet 11 inches and 300 pounds with a goa­tee and tat­toos on his fore­arms.

While in­ves­ti­gat­ing those in­ci­dents, Paso Robles po­lice re­ceived two ad­di­tional calls re­gard­ing sub­jects at­tempt­ing to pass fraud­u­lent $100 bills at Napa Auto and Dol­lar Gen­eral stores. Paso Robles po­lice were able to ob­tain video footage of the two sus­pects, who matched de­scrip­tions of the men in the other in­ci­dents.

Au­thor­i­ties are warn­ing the pub­lic about an in­crease in the use of fake money and are re­mind­ing “busi­ness own­ers to check cur­rency to en­sure its au­then­tic­ity be­fore com­plet­ing trans­ac­tions.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on Vinnedge’s where­abouts is asked to call 805-237-6464. If you wish to re­main anony­mous, you can call Crime Stop­pers’ 24-hour hotline at 549-STOP or by text “SLOTIPS” plus your mes­sage to CRIMES (274637).

Paso Robles Po­lice De­part­ment

A man who stands about 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-11 is pass­ing coun­ter­feit bills in Paso Robles, Calif., po­lice say. The man used $100 bills.

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