Sumitra Patel, the owner of Blue Bell Mini Mart at 632 E. Buena Vista Ave., told police that someone had tried to pay for a bottle of wine with a counterfeit $100 bill around 9 p.m. Friday. The holder of the bill said he had gotten it from his wife. When officers contacted her, she said she had gotten it from a bank.
On Saturday evening, an employee of Greg’s Gas Plus, 525 Atomic Road, called officers when someone tried to pay her with a counterfeit $10 bill. The holder of the $10 bill said he did not know where the bill came from, but suspected it had come from another local business, according to a North Augusta Public Safety report.
Police have not said the two cases are related.