Northampton PD: Agawam man arrested for trying to use fake money, shoplifting


NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – An Agawam man is facing charges in Northampton after he allegedly tried to use fake money at a store on Wednesday.

According to Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper, officers were called to the Stop and Shop on King Street at about 5:30 p.m. for a report of a man who attempted to use a fake $50 bill. Once confronted, the suspect and another man allegedly left the store.

Kasper said he was later found on the bike path behind the Kingsgate shopping plaza carrying three boxes of electric toothbrushes. He was taken into custody after officers discovered the toothbrushes were stolen from Stop and Shop and that he had additional counterfeit bills in his possession.

That suspect, only identified as 32-year-old Agawam man, is now facing a charge of shoplifting by asportation, a subsequent offense, and uttering a counterfeit note. 

22News spoke with Erica Cole, the manager of Shop Therapy, to see how their employees are trained to check for fake money.

“Holding it up to a light, seeing the magnetic strip that actually says the amount of bill,” she explained. “Watching the watermark, making sure it’s the right president. But, unfortunately, things like that happen.”

Cole said people using a large bill to purchase a lower price item could be a sign of someone using fake money.

She also recommends retail business owners to talk to bank managers too find out other ways to prevent from accepting fake money.

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