D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Police in D'Iberville say it is among the coast cities dealing with an increase in counterfeiting. In the last few months, officers say there have been at least half a dozen incidents where fake $20 and $100 bills were passed to local merchants.
D'Iberville police arrested 35-year-old Robert Moore Biloxi last week. Officers say Moore tried to use a counterfeit $100 bill at the self-checkout at a local grocery store. When the bill became jammed, Moore left the store as store officials continued to try to remove the bill from the machine. Management became suspicious after the bill fell apart and called police.
Officers say they instructed store officials to call Moore to come back and retrieve his money. According to officers, Moore told employees, "I don't want the bill back. I want change for my purchase."
Moore had attempted to purchase a box of Kool-Aid for $3.96 when the money jammed the machine.
After a short period of time, Moore arrived at the store to pick up his change. Officers say Moore was then arrested and charged him with 'Uttering a Counterfeit Instrument.'
Officers say Moore claimed to have found the bill on the street in Biloxi. Moore was taken to the Harrison County Jail and given a $10,000 bond.
If you have any information about counterfeiting please contact the D'Iberville Police Department at 228-396-4252 or Crime Stoppers. Callers can remain anonymous.