Fake money surfaces in Jamestown

Tuolumne County sheriff's officials Friday were looking for a man who paid for a Christmas tree in Jamestown with a counterfeit $50 bill last week.

Sheriff's officials warned business owners there have been several reports of counterfeit $50 and $20 bills used at businesses in the area.

Last week's incident occurred at Jim's Christmas Trees on Fifth Avenue, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Sheriff's officials described the suspect as a white man in his early 20s with an average build, wearing a plaid flannel shirt, blue jeans, and a black and gray knit Raiders cap.

About 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 5, employees at the tree lot reported the suspect had purchased a $20 tree with the phony $50.

The suspect received his change and said he would return later to pick up the tree.

An employee followed the suspect to the Wigwam Road area but lost sight of him.

Sheriff's officials searched the area but did not find the suspect.

Investigators ask anyone with information about the phony bills to call the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department at 533-5815.