Okinawa police seek two teens in counterfeit scam
June 28, 2006
CHATAN, Okinawa — Okinawa police are seeking two non-Japanese suspects who allegedly passed a fake U.S. $20 bill at a convenience store in the Mihama district of Chatan on Friday.
A spokesman for the Okinawa prefectural police in Okinawa City said Monday the two suspects were males and appeared to be between 16 and 18 years old.
One appeared to be a Hispanic teen about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a slender build and wearing blue jeans and a black or dark blue T-shirt, police said. The other appeared to be white, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and also wearing blue jeans and a black T-shirt, the spokesman said.
The fake $20 bill was passed at a Hot Spar convenience store about 6:50 p.m. and the transaction was captured on a store security camera, according to a Japanese press account. Okinawa police would not confirm whether the exchange was taped.
After the teens left the store, the 40-year-old manager became suspicious of the rough-textured bill, the police spokesman said. A thorough examination of the bill showed that it was yellowish in color and the print was blurry.
Okinawa police have sought the assistance of military police in identifying the suspects, the police spokesman said.
In March, an 18-year-old dependent son of a Marine was taken into custody after passing two fake $10 bills at a computer game amusement center in the Jichaku district of Urasoe, near Camp Kinser, where the teenager lived.
A police spokesman said the suspect was tried as a minor and placed on probation.
Last October, two Marines each were sentenced to 20 months in a Japanese prison for counterfeiting two fake 5,000-yen bills that were made on a home photo scanner and computer.