Gladstone Police seized almost $3000 worth of counterfeit money after conducting a RBT in Gladstone at the weekend.
Gladstone Police seized almost $3000 worth of counterfeit money after conducting a RBT in Gladstone at the weekend. Kara Irving

Police seize $2800 in counterfeit cash in Gladstone

ALMOST $3000 of counterfeit money has been seized by Gladstone police after a man ran from a police roadside checkpoint.

But police have warned that more fake $100, $50 and $20 notes are still in circulation in town.

Police found the counterfeit cash cache when they stopped a grey sedan on Oaka St, Gladstone, for a random breath test at 11.30pm on Saturday.

When the driver returned a positive result, he ran off, and his passenger, who also fled, threw something over a nearby fence.

Police retrieved an amount of counterfeit cash and found more between the driver's seat and the centre console.

Police seized $2800 worth of counterfeit $50 and $20 notes.

Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey of Gladstone Police Criminal Investigation Branch said shoppers should keep an eye out for the notes.

"The texture of the note is papery to feel," Det Snr Sgt Peachey said.

"Also the hologram in the note is not see-through. In a lot of instances the same serial number is used in these notes."

On Saturday night, police arrested Gladstone man Anthony Lee Smits, 25, on suspicion of possessing counterfeit cash and obstructing police.

He was remanded in custody, and on Monday a solicitor appeared in court on his behalf but did not enter a plea.

Magistrate Russell Warfield adjourned the case until next month.

"Our investigations reveal that so far two businesses within Gladstone have come forward with what we believe to be counterfeit notes," Det Snr Sgt Peachey said.

Police are continuing their search for the passenger who fled the scene.

Gladstone Police seized almost $3000 worth of counterfeit money after conducting a RBT in Gladstone at the weekend. The fake cash has a papery feel, and the hologram isn't see-through.
Gladstone Police seized almost $3000 worth of counterfeit money after conducting a RBT in Gladstone at the weekend. The fake cash has a papery feel, and the hologram isn't see-through. Kara Irving


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