Warning: Counterfeit $50 bills out there

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Staff report

Some area businesses have reported getting paid with counterfeit $50 bills.

A Salisbury man was charged this weekend with attempting to pass a counterfeit $50 bill at two downtown businesses.

Jerry Wayne Holshouser Jr., 28, of 134 Dunham Ave., was charged with obtaining property under false pretenses.

Police say Holshouser went to BenchWarmers at 113 E. Fisher St. and attempted to buy several drinks with a counterfeit $50. The bill was checked with a counterfeit bill marker and discovered to be fake. The clerk gave the bill back to him.

Later than evening, a $50 bill was shown at the door of the same bar. The bill was torn on the top. That piece was later identified as the place the clerk marked the bill with the counterfeit pen. The report says the man refused to turn over the bill and left the area to go to Club Zidis at 127 S. Main St.

A man tried to pass the same counterfeit $50 to a bartender at Club Zidis. The staff had been forewarned of a person passing counterfeit money. The bartender recovered the money and informed security.

Holshouser remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $2,000 secured bond.

On Saturday, a Pizza Hut delivery driver was given a counterfeit $50.

On Monday someone used a counterfeit $50 at Rushco convenience store at 1901 W. Innes St.