LOCAL traders and shoppers have been warned to watch out for fraudulent banknotes after a fake $50 note was used to make a purchase at the Bolgart Sports Club last month.
The fake note was not discovered until the club went to bank its takings at the town’s local Bendigo Community Bank where the counterfeit bill was rejected by the bank’s automatic note counting machine.Read more
It is not known if the person who used the note at the club knew it was fake or got it unwittingly from someone else.
The fake $50 bill has the same look and feel of a genuine note except for three easily spotted flaws.
The fake note (above) is about two millimetres shorter in length than a genuine one and has slightly rounded corners compared with the sharp corners of a true $50 bill (top).
However, the biggest giveaway is the five white stars of the Southern Cross set in a clear window in the polymer banknote.
In a genuine note (top), the edges of the white window frame and stars are crisp and sharp, while the fake note window is not smoothly edged and the stars are blotchy and uneven.
Acting Sgt Nicky Turner said similar notes were obviously in circulation and she urged people to look out for them.
“If you see one, please report it immediately to police and try to remember where you got it from,” she said.
The fake $50 note used in Bolgart is a copy of an old series of notes which was replaced by a distinctive new $50 note released by the Reserve Bank last October.
However, the older $50 banknote remains in general circulation and can still be used as legal tender.
Illegal swimmers nabbed
BEATING the heat has been on everybody’s minds lately but two people who took the law into their own hands have been charged with trespass.
Others are being warned to stay away from flooded quarry pits and farm dams, where damage to property and litter have been reported.
Acting Sgt Turner said two men were charged after they used a vehicle to knock down a wire fence in Julimar to go for a swim in a farm dam on a private property.
Other incidents have also been reported at quarry sites in Morangup, where offenders (left) dumped beer bottles and other rubbish after crossing locked gates for an illegal swim.
“Swimmers should be aware that these places are under video camera surveillance and we have footage of vehicle number plates,” Acting Sgt Turner said.
“It’s also dangerous to go swimming if you have been drinking alcohol, particularly if you get into difficulties in the water in isolated places and no help is available.
“Don’t do it or you will be charged.”
A NUMBER of motorists were stopped for speeding and random drug and alcohol tests on local roads during the double demerit Christmas and New Year holiday period.
The random traffic stops are part of an ongoing police campaign to reduce the high road fatality rate in the Wheatbelt and combat the high use of methamphetamines and other illegal drugs in the community.
“When drivers test positive for drugs, we normally find other items in their vehicles such as smoking or injecting equipment and deal bags,” Acting Sgt Turner said.
“That often allows us to tell if a person is a user or selling drugs.
“If we find just one small bag of drugs then the owner is probably a user.
“But if we find more than one ‘deal’ bag in a vehicle, it indicates that the offender is likely to be a seller.
“Random traffic stops are an important part of drug law enforcement because they provide us with intelligence that we can use to track down offenders.”
POLICE are searching for a young man who stole a carton of soft drink from a sea container at the back of the Toodyay Bakery last month.
The theft occurred at about 4am on Thursday January 24 while staff were busy baking bread in the nearby kitchen.
Police believe the same man returned in the early hours of Wednesday January 30.
Acting Sgt Turner said bakery staff had secured the area and were conducting a stocktake to see if anything else was stolen.
Police are urging anyone who saw a man in the vicinity at the time, to contact local police on 9574 9555 or Crime Stoppers WA on 1800 333 000.