Man shown in surveillance video was not involved in passing counterfeit money, Aiken police say

Thursday, April 5, 2012 4:31 PM
Last updated Friday, April 6, 2012 1:36 AM
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The man in the surveillance video images released Wednesday, who was wanted for questioning regarding his possible involvement in the passing of counterfeit money at an Aiken convenience store, has been cleared of any wrongdoing, police said.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety issued a news release Wednesday that included surveillance video images showing a man officers said offered a counterfeit $20 bill while trying to purchase items at the Kangaroo Express convenience store at 3540 Richland Ave. W. The cashier suspected the money was fake and called police.

Investigators identified the man based on a Crimestoppers tip. Following the tip, investigators determined he was not involved in the crime and are continuing to follow other leads.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact Aiken Public Safety at (803) 642-7620 or Crimestoppers at (888) CRIME-SC. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of $50 to $1,000.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/06/12 - 03:36 am
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Man, that stinks, doesn't it?

Man, that stinks, doesn't it? The guy was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Maybe the store can give him some free gas or something...just to make it up to him. That is, if it was the store's fault he was a suspect.

Haki
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Haki 04/05/12 - 10:29 pm
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Shameful.

Shameful.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 04/06/12 - 04:12 am
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And, the beat goes on.......
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And, the beat goes on.......

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/06/12 - 04:33 am
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He looks like a hard working

He looks like a hard working man. He deserves something for this defamation of his character. Come on all of you involved, chip in and get the guy something to make him feel better.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 04/06/12 - 04:49 am
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One thing that might make him
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One thing that might make him feel better, Riverman, is if the Chronicle would take down his photo from the online front page.
It would me.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/06/12 - 05:14 am
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Palmetto, I thought about

Palmetto, I thought about that, but that's the only way they can identify the man who was mistakenly accused. This story and photo clear him. That's my thinking anyway. He does deserve SOMETHING.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 04/06/12 - 05:22 am
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Yes, I considered your
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Yes, I considered your perspective, too. Maybe the guy will logon and settle it for us.
I think if it ever were me on the front page, labeled a suspect wth apparently little justification and without at least solid probable cause that I was even aware that I was passing fake bill, I would want "a little somethng" from the business or the newspaper. I might go invest in one of those counterfeit bill makers today.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/06/12 - 05:32 am
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I'd guess the paper only ran

I'd guess the paper only ran the info and photo given to them. About all they can do is print a retraction such as this story. On the other hand the store or police have made a big mistake and need to give this guy something. Nobody likes to talk about lawsuits and so on, so why not just step up and do the right thing? Doesn't have to be THAT much. The gesture is the important thing.

happychimer
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happychimer 04/06/12 - 08:56 am
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the other story on this with

the other story on this with his picture is still up, and no update posted. there should be and update there, or remove that story.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 04/06/12 - 04:30 pm
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Ever think that one of us

Ever think that one of us might have taken a counterfeit bill when receiving change from a previous transaction. It would really pee me off it the SC cop types tried to arrest me for an honest mistake. I believe the wording would be something like this: "passing a counterfeit bill with INTENT to defraud."

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 04/06/12 - 05:31 pm
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Yes, think of it sweet son,
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Yes, think of it sweet son, defamation of this man's character for POSSIBLY passing a measely $20 bill....but, then, well, that was NOT the case, apparently. And, the Chronicle has left up the original story with photo all day EVEN after this story appears last night. What in the world is up with that??

Pu239
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Pu239 04/07/12 - 09:24 am
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there has been a major
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there has been a major escalation of man made global whining documented in or near these comment boards....

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